Littering on the increase in Mansfield district as lockdown eased

With the announcement that groups of six people can meet in open spaces, Nottinghamshire residents are seeing an increase in littering in our parks, much to their disappointment.

Residents are once again coming together to combat the littering in our parks, after government lockdown rules have encouraged more people into our open spaces to meet their friends and family.

Phoebe Cox has once again renewed her ‘Warsop Against Rubbish’ campaign and is encouraging residents to take to our parks and open spaces and collect rubbish left by mindless litter louts.

The 21-year-old is one of many residents collecting rubbish, along with 10-year-old Abbie who collects bin bags of litter with her friend each time she goes out, and David and Margaret Harrison who have made litter-picking part of their daily exercise.

Just some of the waste discarded by locals having parties in open spaces

Phoebe explains: “It’s just so sad that it needs to be done as people can’t seem to tidy up after themselves, the litter problem is getting so bad.

“We have such beautiful green spaces and parks here in Warsop, we are surrounded by beautiful vast woodlands and the only thing spoiling these places is the amount of litter and fly tipping that seems to be everywhere at the moment.

“The amount of takeaway cartons, boxes, drink cans and bottles is unreal.

“If you are drinking or eating at the park, either dispose of your rubbish in the bin or take it home with you. It’s really not that hard.”

10-year-old Abbie who litter picks on her daily walk, collecting three bin bags a time.

Littering can result in a fine of up to £2,500.