Litter in Elmbridge parks and open spaces

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Who collects litter in green spaces in Elmbridge?

  • Our green spaces team maintain and conserve the 100 green spaces and 14 countryside sites across the borough 
  • Our grounds maintenance contractors IdVerde are responsible for litter collection in parks and open spaces.
  • In addition to carrying out on-going management and conservation works, our countryside team collects litter on countryside sites on Mondays and Fridays, as well as dealing with fly-tips on some of the sites.

Tackling the litter issue

  • In the winter 2021/2022, we installed new dual use waste bins (for general litter and dog litter) in parks and open spaces across the borough. These new bins have a unique identifier number and QR code making it easier report a green spaces bin with a QR code.
  • We have kept a small number of ‘litter only’ bins in locations near private residences. 
  • We continue to issue messages - via our social media channels, newsletters, site notices and posters - to take litter home when bins were full and remind visitors to look after their green spaces, protect wildlife and respect local communities.
  • We are encouraging people who are having a gathering in parks to plan ahead and take their rubbish home    
  • We are reminding visitors that leaving bags on the ground by bins is illegal fly-tipping. Enforcement Officers can issue £200 Fixed Penalty Notices for fly-tipping under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Reporting litter issues in parks and open spaces

  • Make sure to use the green spaces individual bins' unique identifier number and QR code to report issues. This will speed up our response time, as we will be able to identify their precise location. 
  • You can also report uncollected bins or litter problems on green spaces using one of our online forms above or by emailing greenspaces@elmbridge.gov.uk

Reporting litter issues on Desborough Island 

The open space landscape in Elmbridge is complex and the problem is made more difficult at some of our popular sites and riverside sites such as Desborough Island as they are owned by different landowners. Find out how you can report problems on Desborough Island. Litter on non-EBC land is the responsibility of the land owner. 

Can you help us?

We want everybody to feel proud of where they live and understand that littering is an eye sore and a source of disappointment and frustration for local communities. We need your help to solve the problem.

Set up a litter picking group:

Do you feel that members of your local community might be interested in getting involved? Why not set up your own litter picking group? Download our  Stop litter guide to get further advice. Remember: it's important to let us know about your upcoming litter picking events so we can support you by collecting litter bags at the end of the day.

Join local litter groups:

Many local litter-picking groups are doing a fantastic job supporting their local communities. The following dedicated local groups organise regular litter pick events in your area:

For further information about the litter in open spaces in Elmbridge or to discuss the above, please email greenspaces@elmbridge.gov.uk.  You can report a littering offence on green spaces land.

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