You may have noticed that Rubbish Walks has been light on the rubbish walks the past few weeks. We’ve been on holiday in sunny Florida … but of course we checked out the verges and pavement for litter during our stay. While it is disappointing that Florida is not litter free, it is sadder that it highlights how bad things are in Chippenham. Rubbish was probably at a 1:10 ratio in the more heavily littered areas (Florida: Chippenham), 1:20 in residential areas (and much of that was due to recyclables escaping from their bins on a windy day).
In general, the trip showcased that littering has reached epidemic proportions in the UK. It was shocking to see the amount of rubbish alongside the motorways on the way to and from the airport (getting on the M4 eastbound at Chippenham’s Junction 17 was a particular bad spot), especially when compared to travelling similar highways in the US. Again, it’s not that litter is non-existent, but the amount simply tossed aside in the UK should be a wake-up call to local Councils, the government, and residents. Who wants to live in a tip? Or, think of money from tourists – who wants to visit a tip? England has long been described as a “green and pleasant land” – it is soon in danger of becoming something else entirely.