Clean Air Day
Richmondshire residents are being asked to celebrate Clean Air Day (October 8) by considering how they can help improve air quality in the district.
That could be by not lighting bonfires or using the car less.
During lockdown the district saw a drop in nitrogen dioxide levels of up to 50%. This pollutant is associated mainly with traffic pollution and demonstrates what could be achieved if alternatives to driving petrol and diesel vehicles were found.
“Unfortunately current results show a return to more usual levels so we are suggesting everyone thinks about alternatives - walking or cycling, or look into buying an electric vehicle when the time comes to replace your existing vehicle?,” said Council Leader, Councillor Angie Dale.
“Despite our district not having the really high levels of pollution compared to some urban locations, you can still play your part to improve the air that we breathe and make Richmondshire an even better place to live and work.”
She said taking rubbish to the household waste centres for recycling and using Richmondshire District Council’s fortnightly green waste collection will help reduce the need for bonfires. Bonfire smoke and traffic pollution produce tiny particles which, when breathed in, can adversely affect health and especially that of people with existing respiratory conditions such as COPD, asthma and Covid-19.
Residents are also invited to take part in a quiz to see what their air pollution footprint is compared to the average person in the UK.