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Why People Litter

“I just don’t understand why people litter! It makes no sense!”  These words, or their slightly stronger relatives, are probably the most common things people say to me when I’m at a community clean up or wearing my Off the Ground hat.  And unfortunately this pervasive attitude—there’s just no way of understanding why people litter—is …

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Five Years and Counting …

Last week’s clean up in Monkton Park was the FIFTH time Off the Ground participated in Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean. The first time we removed 26 bags of rubbish and recycling from Donkey Field … … the next year it was 30 bags from Monkton Park … … then 35 from Donkey …

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BREAKING NEWS!

The first of April dawned clear in Chippenham, with littering, fly-tipping, and dog-fouling ceasing overnight. There is nary a Coke can, crisp packet, or cigarette butt to be seen, and residents are enjoying the sight of their community free of rubbish now that everyone has grasped the mechanics of how to properly dispose of litter …

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Viva la Revolucion!

I just returned from what I consider a pretty eco-friendly trip to Morrison’s. First of all, I walked, so there was no burning of fossil fuels. On the food front, free-range eggs from a local Wiltshire farm went directly into one of my own reusable egg cartons, so no new packaging there. Bread rolls likewise …

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Happy New Year!

Jon and I did our first rubbish walk of 2019 along Malmesbury Road on New Year’s Day, and we ended up with six bags of rubbish and recycling. Oh, and three hubcaps. According to 2016 statistics, there are 246,500 miles of roadway in the UK. At 6 bags a mile, that would be 1,479,000 bags …

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How I Lost 20 Pounds in One Year

I admit this title doesn’t have the same ring—or as many exclamation marks—as those headlines you see in supermarket magazines: “Drop 10 pounds in 10 days!” or “Be beach body ready in two weeks or less!!!”And it’s strange that those types of headlines continue to sell. Because if it were so easy to lose weight …

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More Thought, Less Waste

Over the past year, Jon and I have been working to reduce our “wasteline”: we’ve cut out most single-use plastic from around the house and I would estimate we’ve managed to decrease our overall plastic usage by at least 80%. We are now approaching the most dangerous time of the year for both waste and …

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It’s not about the straws

One of the topics dominating headlines this year, both within environmental circles and mainstream media, has been the campaign to ban single-use items, in particular plastic straws. It didn’t take long for the pushback to begin, from those with a valid need to use a straw (although this article highlights a number of alternatives) to …

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