Clean-up continues after travellers leave behind huge amounts of waste at Rainham Marshes
PUBLISHED: 11:14 14 November 2016
"Irresponsible" travellers have been slammed after they left mountains of waste at the picturesque Rainham Marshes.
The trespassing group have now left but the clean-up mission continues after a commercial skip full of debris, mounds of building waste, large bundles of clothing and an estimated 2000 shoes were left behind.
The huge of amount of waste was spotted at RSPB Rainham Marshes on Friday, the latest in a series of fly-tip incidents at nature reserves.
Staff the reserve are now trying to trace the skip owners and have consulted clothing recycling centres to seek quotes for removing the rest.
A RSPB spokesman said: “It’s irresponsible, selfish and symptomatic of our times where people either disregard the impacts of their actions or consider wild places as being of no value.
“Not only does it force us to spend supporters money on clean-ups, it often contaminates the ground or poses hazards to wildlife.
“Our precious green, brown and blue spaces are the places which keep our environment and wildlife going.
“We’re appealing for information to help us trace the sources of this dumped material and appeal to others to ensure waste is properly managed and disposed of.”