Don't litter Falkirk parks plea

People are being urged to take their litter home and not leave it in Falkirk’s parks and beauty spots.

Since the easing of the lockdown restrictions, there has been an increase in the amount of litter dumped across the district.

Picnic leftovers and takeaway wrappings are being ditched rather than placed in bins or taken home.

In just one day 16 tons of litter was removed from Falkirk’s Helix Park.

Rubbish dumped near a bin

Now Falkirk Community Trust is appealing for those using its parks and greenspaces to help keep them tidy.

A spokesperson said: “It has been great to see so many people making use of our parks for their daily exercise but sadly there has been a significant rise in the volume of litter at all of our parks.

“In one week alone, 16 tons of litter was removed from the Helix Park.

“Careless dumping of litter is not only thoughtless and unnecessary, it can also prove a hazard to wildlife and children.

Rubbish has been dumped in playing fields and parks across the district

“Our message to the public has been ‘We want to keep our parks beautiful, so please pick up your litter and place it in a nearby bin or take it home, thank you’.”

Posters have been placed in the parks accompanied by a campaign on social media and the public are being reminded that anyone found guilty of dropping litter can be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £80 or could potentially be prosecuted and risk a fine of up to £2500.”

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