Teach your children to respect the environment and also let them know that sadly, many people do not which causes damage to public areas as well as posing risks to visitors. Children can be curious about an interesting object laying in the grass or sand or may feel a sense of honour in picking up somebody else’s rubbish. Glass, syringes and sharp items can be very dangerous and unseen items, insects or rodents can be lurking inside bags and bottles. Food containers can be contaminated by various bacteria from decay or left behind by hungry animals.
If you are taking part in a community clean up event, register as required and observe rules about wearing gloves, using rubbish grabbers or tongs and placing items in bags provided. If you want to independently clean up or report an area littered with rubbish near your home, contact your local council to report the site or advise that you would like to organise a clean up and find out if there are public access or other restrictions.