Littering is an offence here in Australia; however, that doesn’t stop a lot of people from doing it anyway. It’s up to us to encourage responsible rubbish disposal in public spaces. Thankfully, there are a number of ways to help reduce litter in public spaces, and consequently, give rise to a cleaner, healthier, and more attractive outdoor area.
The following tips are great for deterring littering and encouraging responsible waste disposal:
Place Multiple Rubbish Bins Around
The first step to reducing litter in your public space is to make sure that you have an adequate amount of rubbish bins installed; and that those rubbish bins are easily identifiable. If it fits with the surrounding area, then we’d recommend installing bright, bold, eye-catching rubbish bins that would ensure to stick out to members of the public. If people in your community are aware of the presence of rubbish bins, then they’ll be much more likely to use them rather than carelessly chucking their waste on the ground.
Secure Rubbish Bins
Some people out there will raid public rubbish bins in the hope that they’ll find something valuable. Others will simply trash the place just because they get a kick out of it. This is why it is so important to secure your rubbish bins adequately. For this purpose, wheelie bin enclosures are the perfect solution.
With wheelie bin enclosures installed over your bins, you can make it harder for hooligans, bin chickens, and anyone else trying to deep dive into your trash to actually do so successfully. As a result, you can help to keep your public space much cleaner, and as a result, healthier and more attractive. Installing wheelie bin enclosures also help to keep rubbish bins protected against extreme weather conditions and elements. So, you won’t have to worry about strong winds and heavy rain causing all hell (or more accurately, all rubbish) to break lose in your public area.
Provide Waste Disposal Bags
When people think litter, a lot of them tend to think of empty packaging products such as plastic bottles, wrappers, bags, and so forth. However, animal excrement is also considered a form of litter; and considering the amount of people who take their dogs out for a walk daily, it’s important to make sure that your community members are cleaning up after their animals as well. One of the best ways to encourage this is by providing waste disposal bags in parks and other green open spaces where people will be most likely to take their dogs.
Educate the Community
Education also plays a key role in reducing litter in public spaces. Many people would chuck their empty can of soft drink into the bush, or subtly drop their muesli bar wrapper on the sidewalk without a second thought. They do this because it’s the most convenient option for them at the time, and when they’re preoccupied with other thoughts or tasks, the long-term consequences of their actions don’t exactly register. On the other hand, when you make sure to educate community members on the gravity of the situation, you can make them think twice about littering. Think anti-littering campaigns, or even signposts that remind community members of littering fines or environmental damage.
Keep Your Public Space Clean with Cox Urban Furniture
Cox Urban Furniture specialises in designing durable, functional and aesthetically pleasing street furniture solutions alongside impeccable customer service. We have a wide range of street furniture available, including park rubbish bins and wheelie bin enclosures to help keep your public space clean. Being 100% Australian designed and manufactured, you can expect these to be a worthwhile, long-lasting addition to your public space.
Want to enquire about our rubbish bins, bin enclosures, or other street furniture? Contact Cox Urban Furniture now!