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Leeds Big Litter Debate

September 2020

What can be done about the litter epidemic in Leeds parks?

Litter reached unprecedented levels during the summer with tonnes of pizza boxes, plastic bottles and even PPE left by visitors to public green spaces across the city. We take a look at why the problem – not new – escalated as lockdown eased and what practical steps can be taken to reduce it. Chaired by Dr Anna Barker, Associate Professor Criminal Law at the University of Leeds, the event involves four key players giving their take on the litter epidemic, fielding your questions and discussing your suggested solutions.

Richard McIlwain, Deputy CEO Keep Britain Tidy

Isobel Smith, Leeds Parks & Countryside

Martin Child, Friends of Roundhay Park

Rob Greenland, Co-Director Zero Waste Leeds

Leeds Big Litter Debate takes place during Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British September Clean and follows on from last month’s Love Leeds Parks Festival, when park users shared their thoughts on how to reduce litter during ‘Discussion Wednesday’. It will also hear feedback on the impact of the summer’s major Love Parks campaign, in which 8 sites around the country, including Leeds most visited green space, Roundhay Park, participated.

Want to contribute to the debate? Send you thoughts or questions by email to loveleedsparks@leeds.gov.uk before the 15th September so we can submit it to the panel in time for the event which takes place on the 17th September. Keep it clean please! The debate will be pre-recorded and available to view online on our YouTube channel, which can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTxNkjTHcIv_j1CynSx10Zg.

The video is now up on the YouTube channel and can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=af7_mo0XOPM