Bag it, bin it, or take it home

Image of rabbit killed by litter

Pick it up. Pass it on

Littering is a national and global problem. Oxford doesn’t like it.

In every single corner of our world, you’ll find a piece of rubbish. In our city, we pick it up.

Litter hurts and kills animals. It damages communities and our children’s future.

That’s why we all want to make a difference. It’s why we all take small steps towards making Oxford cleaner, greener and kinder.

We need to tell you. Pass it on.

Don’t feed the animals

Each year, the RSPCA receives more than 5,000 calls about animals harmed by litter. This causes pain and hardship to living creatures. It impacts negatively on human wellbeing, damages the environment and makes our city a less safe place.

Last year, two cows – one a seven month old calf – were killed by discarded rubbish on Port Meadow. ODS had to attend distressing scenes where swans were choking on plastic bags.

Just by taking a bag with us, putting our rubbish in it, putting it in a bin or taking it home, we can create a better, more brilliant and more sustainable future for our children, our animals and our legacy.

Why are the bins full?

Last summer, ODS removed over three tonnes of rubbish each day from Port Meadow alone.

Each warm evening the bins were full. Refuse was piled beside them and strewn all over the grass.

People had to start shifts early, say goodbye to their families sooner and do battle with used needles, burnt out Chinese lanterns and empty laughing gas canisters.

It’s not a joke.

Litter piled next to bins does damage. You wouldn’t keep pouring water into a full glass. Don’t overflow.

Placing skips next to bins leads to fly tipping.

Bag it, bin it or take it home.

Image of rabbit killed by litter