I’ve bought my litter-picker-upper! Now I have to remember to take it out and use it when I go for a walk. I noticed that round our village the litter isn’t to bad, mainly it seems to be things which might have blown away rather than carelessly dropped – although there are the usual tins, wrappers, cigarette ends; however, when we walk further afield, especially into town, then it’s everywhere, and especially along gutters as if passing cars use the great outside as a litter bin.
I began to wonder how our town features in terms of litter and had a little Google and came across an article form January this year about two women who were doing what I intend to do, pick up other people’s rubbish.
Weston-super-Mare’s litter problem is becoming an “environmental disaster” – and
Annette Goold was described as a “livid” grandmother and she reckoned the the council is not doing enough to help, solve, deal with the problem. She said it was Weston residents who were trying to deal with the problem. Living so near the coast, with lots of streams and rhynes (drainage ditches) all across the area, the risk was that the rubbish would be swept to stop waste blowing into rivers and the sea. At the time of the article, there was a different local council – we’ve had an election since then, so I hope that now the authority don’t just claim that Weston is no worse than anywhere else – as if that is an argument! No wonder they got voted out!.
Back to Mrs Goold – she blamed the recycling company who collects our waste, saying that the open green boxes just let everything blow out, scattering rubbish everywhere. She didn’t mention seagulls, but these birds – and others such as crows and jackdaws are a menace when it comes to unsecured litter! Our binmen are really excellent, they pick up things which have blown off the and out of the bins, but they are on a very tight schedule, and usually there are only two men and a drive to do the job. Like most of us, Mrs Goold was depressed, annoyed and fed up with the lack of support from the council – where are the people employed to pick up the rubbish she asked. To be fair we do get a little gutter sweeping vehicle coming round regularly, and in the town centre there are people with hand wagons who tidy the streets.
Good for Mrs Goold who goes out litter picking every day! She must have been so infuriated by the ‘Weston’s no worse than anywhere else’ answer!
Here’s a link to the article:
PS sorry for the rubbish picture!!