A litter picker has expressed concern about an increasing number of unused Covid test kits being dumped in hedgerows.

Richard Walker claimed to have found five unopened NHS self-test kits discarded in Aylesbury this week, adding, “what a waste”.

Mr Walker is also a founder of the litter-picking group, Aylesbury Wombles.

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Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy congratulated him for picking them up.

“Seeing an increase in home Covid kits dumped in hedges. Unopened too. What a waste,” he wrote.

Adding: “This one is my fifth in a week on my lunchtime litter picks in Aylesbury.”

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Cllr Peter Strachan, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment, said: “It’s always disappointing to see people littering, especially when these important Covid tests are unopened and unused and could have gone to someone else.

“Obviously, we will clear litter and as ever, we ask people to report street cleaning problems via our website so we can resolve.

“We’re always very grateful to the many members of the community who voluntarily go out litter picking too.”

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