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5 Top Tips – No. 4 Reduce Rubbish

Author: Jeanette Dyson
Categories: Projects

5 Top Tips for Holme Improvement

No 4. Reduce Rubbish

Healthy, well-cared for rivers provide food, shelter and a breeding ground for invertebrates, fish and mammals. In turn, they provide food for larger animals, which is all vital for a healthy, functioning ecosystem.

Here are our top tips for easy ways that you can look after our rivers by helping to reduce rubbish in the environment.

1. Take your litter home

If you’re visiting a river or beauty spot always take your rubbish home with you and dispose of it responsibly. Public bins fill up quickly making it more likely that rubbish will be blown out of the bin and end up in our rivers.

2. Reuse, refurbish, recycle

The best way to reduce litter is by using less of it in the first place, so avoid buying things you don’t really need. Reuse things were possible, such as a reusable cup for your morning takeaway coffee and remembering your bags when grocery shopping.

When you’ve finished with something, see if it can be refurbished or recycled. There are charities that accept old bikes for refurbishing and recycling, for example.

3. Small actions big difference

When you’re out walking carry a pair of gloves with you and use them to pick up 5 pieces of litter (take along a re-used plastic bag to store the rubbish). Take it home and dispose of it safely in your own bin.

Only collect rubbish if it’s safe to do so. Never pick up needles, syringes or other hazardous material. Instead note the location and contact your local council.

Just imagine how clean our streets, fields, paths and woodland would be if we all did this!


Our Top tips… series of blogs is part of our Holme Improvements, year-long project, which is funded by an award from Postcode Local Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

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