At first glance the roads in my area look neat and tidy and normally I don’t really notice litter. I looked a bit closer and I soon found an empty plastic bag, which I picked up and within around 15 minutes had filled it up to the brim. I was really shocked and surprised at how much rubbish I had found.
Have you ever been on a litter pick in your local area or near where you work? I challenge you to go on one today – I reckon you too will be shocked at the amount of rubbish you find!
- Rubbish can kill animals – either because they mistake it for food and fill their bellies with it or because they get caught up in it.
- Plastic rubbish can’t biodegrade. Instead it degrades into smaller and smaller pieces, gets into our land, our waterways, our food and eventually back to us.
- It looks unsightly – who wants to look at a street full of rubbish?
- Don’t drop litter! This is pretty obvious and I can’t imagine anyone who reads this blog would intentionally but it is easy to drop it by accident. Light rubbish can fall or get blown out of bins, pockets, cars or bags without anyone noticing – try to secure your rubbish so it doesn’t fly away!
- If you notice any problem areas phone your local council and tell them. They may come out and clear an area that is particularly bad or consider installing rubbish bins (if there aren’t any already). I did this after my walk mentioning the lack of bins and the council said they will send someone to have a look, but am now wondering if bins cause more problems than they solve because the litter isn’t secured like it is in residential bins.
- Challenge anyone you see littering (in a nice way and if you feel it is safe to do so) – they might think twice about doing it again if they think they will get questioned or possibly even fined.
- Get into the habit of noticing litter, reporting hot spots and picking up it as you go about your daily life.