Residents are being urged to clear up after themselves when out and about after an increase in litter during the recent warm weather.
With people enjoying the weather, and the summer holidays in full flow, West Oxfordshire District Council saw a 45 per cent increase in litter emptied from public bins and cleared from the district’s streets last month compared to July last year.
Its street cleansing team collected 58 tonnes of litter last month – enough to fill nearly seven large refuse collection lorries. This was 18 tonnes more than July last year.
“Our street cleansing teams are always busy and they are used to peak times, like early Saturday and Sunday mornings in our town centres clearing up after the night before,” said councillor David Harvey, cabinet member for environment. However, they have been even busier than usual in recent weeks.
“While we’re very pleased people are able to enjoy the weather in our lovely district, we’d like to urge everyone to help protect our environment and clear up after themselves.
“We’re lucky to live and work in a beautiful part of the country – let’s all help keep it that way.”