The Parks Trust has revealed that nearly five tonnes of litter was left in the city’s parkland in one week this summer.
This equates to 817 bags of rubbish, with Willen Lake generating the most; 492.5 bags and 2.49 tonnes.
Rob Riekie, landscape and operations director for The Parks Trust, commented:
“While we are happy that so many people managed to enjoy time out in the parks this summer, the huge amount of litter left behind is very disappointing.
“A lot of park users may not realise that we are a self-financing charity and don’t receive any funding from government. Clearing up rubbish costs us approximately £350,000 a year. This is money that we then cannot spend on new facilities or activities for everyone to enjoy.”
Rob added: “People often ask why we don’t install more litter bins. But installing these would actually increase our litter costs. In addition to the purchase and servicing of the bins, we would then be collecting extra rubbish from people who, when not finding a bin, take their litter home. In keeping with best practice as advised by Keep Britain Tidy, we tend to install bins in hot-spots, such as our car parks and Willen Lake South.
“The Parks Trust continues to explore new ways to reduce litter dropping, but we can all work together to make a real difference. We’d ask anyone visiting our parks to take their rubbish home and dispose of it there. This will keep all the green spaces in Milton Keynes beautiful and inspiring for all to enjoy long into the future.”
For more information about The Parks Trust please visit www.theparkstrust.com