Plea to take litter home after rubbish dumped by bins at Staffordshire beauty spot



The charity that maintains one of North Staffordshire’s most popular beauty spots has issued a plea to families to take their rubbish home after litter was left dumped next to a bin.

Volunteers from the Rudyard Lake Trust went to empty one of the 10 bins by the Dam End of the popular walking route at 4pm on Friday (May 29).

But they were stunned to find the bin was overflowing with rubbish strewn alongside as cans of pop, bags, and empty crisp packets had just been left on the floor.

An increase in temperature and the easing of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions have seen families flocking to our county’s nature reserves and open spaces at the end of the ‘half term’ week.

With it has come an increase in litter with police officers already saying they were left ‘disappointed’ at the quantity of rubbish ditched at Marquis Drive on Cannock Chase.

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The Rudyard Lake Trust is now wondering how it can tackle the increasing litter issue around the site.

In a social media post, the volunteers said: “This is an example of just One of our Ten waste bins at the Dam End at Rudyard Lake. It was emptied at 4pm yesterday along with the many items of rubbish & litter strewn all across the area and collected by one of our volunteers.

“Whilst we want you to enjoy Rudyard, especially in these difficult times, we would like you to appreciate that as a Charity we depend on volunteers to assist to make this a pleasant place to visit, not only that but you probably don’t appreciate the fact that we have to pay to have this litter removed and its money we don’t have because currently we haven’t got any income.

“So, as they say, we are between “a rock & a hard place”, do we keep collecting & try to keep paying to have it removed or do we leave to attract vermin, flies etc until all this blows over?

“Please help us to help Rudyard & take your litter home, you brought it to the Lake, why can’t you take it home? Our volunteers will be pleased to supply you with a black bag if you want one, and if you really want to help a litter picker to borrow to help them keep Rudyard Lake beautiful.”

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