But there is still a huge problem plaguing our streets and areas of natural beauty – litter. During lockdown there was a big increase in litter and fly-tipping in woodlands, harming the countryside and putting nature at risk, according to The Woodland Trust.
As many places were shut, people flocked to areas such as woodlands, but the increase in visitors also meant a massive surge in litter, fly-tipping and irresponsible behaviour, the conservation charity has said.
It’s not just unsightly, as discarded rubbish can pose a threat to nature in many ways.
And there were reports of overflowing bins in parks and streets as more people pounded the pavement or stayed local in lockdown.
We want to find out more about the litter problem in your area with The Big Litter Survey that is launching today.
The survey is being run by InYourArea.co.uk – the UK’s leading local information and community website.
Since lockdown, have you noticed an increase in litter?
Is it mostly fast-food containers, or something else?
Are there plenty of public bins in your area, or should there be more?
Have you personally ever dropped litter on the floor?
These are just some of the questions we need help with, to build a clearer picture of the extent of litter and littering in the UK.
Visit The Big Litter Survey to answer a few questions to help us understand the problem where you live.
InYourArea.co.uk editor-in-chief, Ed Walker, said: “One of the most common things that people are talking about in their neighbourhood is litter.
“We wanted to find out more about this issue and see how things have changed since lockdown began.
“This will give us a picture of exactly what all corners of the UK think about litter.
“Thanks in advance for everyone giving us their views!”