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Ten tonnes of rubbish removed from Hampstead Heath after bank holiday weekend

It's disgusting, say clean-up teams as picnic goers leave piles of mess at beauty spots

31 May, 2017 — By Dan Carrier

Some of the rubbish piled up on Hampstead Heath

MORE than ten tonnes of litter were removed from Hampstead Heath over the weekend after hot weather brought bumper crowds to the open space.

Bins over flowed and around 20 Heath staff were faced with a major clear-up operation. Heath users leave around 500 tonnes of waste every year in 75 bins across the open space – but even seasoned Heath Rangers were shocked at the rubbish that piled up at the weekend.

One ranger, who did not wish to be named, told the New Journal: “It’s really quite disgusting what people think is ok to do to the Heath. “It was like the aftermath of a music festival in some places. If people can be bothered to carry a heavy picnic up to the Heath, then they should consider taking the remains of it home with them after. Bins fill up and it can be a threat to wildlife to have rubbish piling up while we work hard to clear it up responsibly.”

Heath management committee chairwoman Karina Dostalova said: “It is everyone’s responsibility to make sure the Heath stays beautiful throughout the summer by disposing of their litter properly and we would ask people to take it home with them if they can’t find a suitable bin.”

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