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Aylesbury locals report rise in litter

The council have said theres been a rise of PPE items being littered.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 8:00am 13th June 2020. 3-minute read.

Aylesbury locals report rise in litter

Aylesbury residents have criticised the amount of litter in the area. 

A couple in Aylesbury have complained to the council about the rising levels of litter in the area. 

As social distancing relaxes, and when there is good weather, a rise of rubbish being left lying around is being seen in the town. 

They explained the problem they see:

"We have been totally appalled by the amount litter left along the paths, in fields, trees and bushes and also in the river.   There are at least 4 shopping trolleys in the river along the walk.

"Also dog walkers are clearing up their dog poo in plastic bags but then leaving the bags in the fields, on the path, hanging from trees and on gate post etc. Disgusting!

"This has worsen since more people have been using the area during lockdown.

"Please let’s respect our open spaces and nature; and take home our litter."


Bucks Council say they are aware of the problem and despite reduced staffing levels are working hard to combat the issue. 

Their Street Scene Team are now having to undertake additional cleansing of public spaces, to reduce the risk of infection. 

The Meadocroft Playing Fields are litter picked daily through the week. 

Bill Chapple OBE, Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Environment & Climate Change, says:

We have worked very hard to keep parks and open spaces clean and safe for people to undertake their daily exercise. But, since the easing of lockdown we have noticed an increase in the amount of litter left behind by people meeting socially. We would ask that people dispose of litter responsibly and if there is no bin or bins are full, please take litter home. In recent days we have also seen an increase in discarded PPE items and again we would ask that people dispose of such items responsibly.
If people are aware of any issues such as an overflowing or broken dog waste or litter bin, a street cleaning problem or graffiti please contact us via our website and report it, so we can deal with the matter effectively.

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