Monday June 8th 2020

Before the Covid-19 pandemic brought about the nation’s lockdown measures, our community was committed to supporting the sustainable future of our local environment.

The combination of fine weather and the easing of the lockdown and social distancing measures has prompted increased use of the borough’s green spaces and parks and, sadly, an increase in the amount of littering.

To cope with the increased demand, the Council’s environmental partner, Serco, is emptying bins daily rather than the previous three times per week, in the majority of parks.

“Our teams are working as hard as they can to keep the borough clean. I would like to encourage people, if they are planning to use our green spaces, to do so safely and to play their part by helping our bin crews keep our parks clean and tidy. Wildlife can also die from litter and we all have a responsibility to look after the planet and protect wildlife. It’s simple, bin it or take your litter home if you cannot dispose of it correctly.”
- Cllr Kevin Davis, Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environmental Maintenance Contract

Despite their team’s increased efforts, they have reported daily issues of litter strewn or dumped across all parks and green spaces. To support them, we are asking that everyone in the community take responsibility for keeping Woking clean, now and for the future.

The Council is urging residents to respect these public spaces by using the bins provided, taking their litter home with them, or if they are genuinely unable to do so and the bins are full, bagging the items and leaving them next to the bins.

“Another issue which we have faced is the use of BBQs in public parks and green spaces. This is forbidden as they can cause dangerous fires very quickly, especially in such dry conditions, and put our already stretched blue light services under further pressure.”
- Cllr Kevin Davis

It is an offence to drop litter, and anyone caught littering can receive a Fixed Penalty Notice fine. The offence carries an on the spot £100 penalty. You can click here to report littering online.

If these unprecedented times have taught us one thing above all, it is that we are stronger when we work together. Please continue to support our goal of a sustainable, clean and environmentally-conscious future.

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