Councils in tourist hotspots overwhelmed with litter problems - Unison

Ministers must fund councils properly to keep places clean and safe

Visitors flocking to UK beauty spots are creating vast piles of litter that are putting enormous pressure on councils and their overstretched workers, says UNISON.

The government must give proper financial support to ensure local authorities can maintain services and keep communities rubbish-free for everyone’s safe enjoyment, says the union.

With people grounded for the summer once again, many are staying at home or heading to UK holiday destinations to enjoy beaches, the countryside and parks.

But many popular public spaces are at risk of being swamped with waste as people dump food packaging, cans, bags, nappies, and even discarded swimming towels and body boards.

Dealing with the mess is putting extra pressure on councils when budgets are already under huge strain. It follows years of cuts and extra responsibilities caused by the pandemic, says UNISON.

The union is calling for the government to fund councils properly so they can keep local public spaces clean and free from the dangers of littering, such as stepping on broken bottles.

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