Appeal to public on playground and park litter
With the weather warming up and Carmarthenshire’s parks and playgrounds bursting in to life, people are being urged to get rid of their rubbish safely.
Carmarthenshire County Council’s grounds maintenance team is asking people to do their bit to maintain safe and attractive areas for people to enjoy by using the public litter bins or taking their rubbish home with them.
There is particular concern about broken glass, which has been found littering several playing fields across the county in recent weeks.
They are also asking people to be vigilant and report any littering or fly-tipping in the hope of catching the culprits, as well as maintaining safe areas to play.
Assistant grounds maintenance manager Nicky French said: “Our staff carry out regular checks at all parks and playgrounds, but we do rely on people to be careful about any litter they generate – either placing it in the bins or taking it home to be disposed of or recycled.
“We also appreciate it when people report dangerous items, such as broken glass, as this helps us to keep parks and playgrounds safe for the enjoyment of everyone.”
The grounds maintenance team, part of the council’s Technical Services department, maintains 122 playgrounds and 19 urban parks, as well as water areas, and nurtures thousands of plants and flowers at town gateways to provide a colourful welcome for visitors.
Working with waste and recycling staff, all litter collected from parks and playgrounds is sorted, and where possible – recycled.
Cllr Colin Evans, executive board member for Technical Services, said: “We’re just asking people to be considerate of others, as well as the environment.”