Warm weather warning to keep parks litter-free

Sheffield Council Cabinet member, Councillor Jack Scott (right), and Mark Parry, environmental enforcement team manager, are pictured in Devonshire Green.
Sheffield Council Cabinet member, Councillor Jack Scott (right), and Mark Parry, environmental enforcement team manager, are pictured in Devonshire Green.
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Extra bins are being brought out in Sheffield city centre as sunny weather has been forecast for the bank holiday.

People visiting areas such as Devonshire Green are being reminded to dispose of litter responsibly – and warned Sheffield Council officials will also be on patrol to fine offenders.

Action to reduce littering comes after pictures of waste-strewn Devonshire Green caused anger during warm weather last spring.

Coun Jack Scott, council cabinet member for environment, recycling and streetscene, said: “We are looking forward to another bank holiday weekend and hope everyone has a great time.

“It is brilliant so many people come together to spend them in the open spaces and parks we maintain across the city.

“Most people enjoy themselves responsibly, but a small minority leave litter which really spoils the environment.

“We will be putting in extra bins on Devonshire Green in warm weather, so there is really no excuse for people to litter.

“Staff from Amey, our highway maintenance contractor, will be litter picking this weekend and officers will be patrolling the city centre with the ability to issue fixed penalty notices as a last resort.

“However, we can’t be everywhere at all of the time, so we ask that everyone respects the environment and helps us to keep the city litter free and clean for us all to enjoy.”

Residents are also being reminded that all five of Sheffield’s household waste recycling centres will be open from 10am until 6pm today, tomorrow and on Monday.

But people delivering waste are being warned not to queue up before opening due to risks to road safety.

Gavin Waite, general manager at the council’s waste contractor Veolia said: “We would encourage the users of the sites not to block the roads.

“The sites do tend to get busy during mornings, but they are quieter in the afternoon.”