Don’t let critters spread the waste is the message from Bristol City Council and Bristol Waste Company who are encouraging everyone in the city to be responsible with their rubbish.
If people leave their rubbish in a bag or next to the bin, wildlife such as gulls, foxes and rats can get hold of it and spread it around. The message is simple – use the bin, or if it’s full, use another one or take your rubbish with you.
Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees said: “Keeping Bristol clean is all of our responsibility and we’re trying to educate people about the consequences of littering.
“During the summer there is usually an increase in the amount of rubbish left in Bristol’s parks and green spaces. We want to encourage people to help make the city cleaner for everyone, so we can all enjoy the summer months.”
Litter Critter animal installations will feature on 150 bins from the beginning of July in ‘hot spot’ areas across the city centre with the message ‘Don’t feed the litter critters!’. The publicity forms part of the Mayor’s Clean Streets campaign, which launched in 2016.
This summer the council is employing thirteen additional grounds maintenance staff to work in its parks and green spaces, and staff will also be working shifts outside core operating hours in order to empty bins more frequently. Temporary additional bins have also been provided in several busy parks.
Bristol Waste Company has also installed 50 extra bins in ‘hot spot’ areas across the city centre including Castle Park, College Green and Queen Square. Extra staff will be operating in these areas too emptying bins on a rotating basis. However, even with this extra resource it’s not always possible to keep up with the increase in litter 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Vicki May, Operations Manager for Street Cleansing, at Bristol Waste Company said: “During the last bank holiday weekend, our street cleansing team collected a significant amount of discarded rubbish including empty cans of beer and bottles, food packets and disposable barbeques.
“It’s really important that people put their rubbish in the bin or take it with them. Rubbish left behind encourages wildlife to scavenge, which makes a mess and could even cause them harm.”
Kingdom Environmental Services, the specialist company the council has appointed to deliver Environmental Enforcement on a 9-12 month trial, has also started carrying out dedicated patrols of Castle Park, Queen Square, The Downs and Greville Smyth Park – handing out fines for rubbish deposited around litter bins.
You can find out more information about the Clean Streets Litter Critters campaign online at: Bristol.gov.uk/littercritters