Blog

The Other 364 Days a Year …

Yesterday was National Refill Day, an opportunity to encourage the country to make the switch from single-use plastic water bottles to reusable bottles. BILLIONS of plastic bottles are produced every year around the globe: doesn’t it make sense to do what we can to reduce that number? But the ethos of refill is about far …

Keep ReadingThe Other 364 Days a Year …

National Refill Day 2019

In the not-too-distant past, I worked as research assistant and was responsible for investigating how to encourage people to adopt more sustainable behaviour. I was specifically looking at household retrofitting—solar panels, underfloor insulation, high-quality glazing, etc. A more energy efficient house means less energy wasted and a smaller carbon footprint, and it typically has the …

Keep ReadingNational Refill Day 2019

Beyond Spring Cleaning

I like to joke that my interest in litter has its origin in my background as an archaeologist. After all, most artefacts are simply the detritus of past civilisations, and middens—the landfills of the past—are considered an archaeological jackpot because they’re rich sources of evidence for how people once lived. Yet the archaeology I’ve been …

Keep ReadingBeyond Spring Cleaning

CANCELLED: 15th June Clean Up

Next week’s Community Clean Up on 15th June has been cancelled due to the current construction around Donkey Field. However, this doesn’t mean you have to leave litter behind: picking up wherever you can, whenever you can, can make a big difference! Our next clean up will be Saturday, 14th September in Monkton Park: have …

Keep ReadingCANCELLED: 15th June Clean Up

#OneADayInMay 2019

I’m not quite sure how it’s happened so quickly, but tomorrow is the 1st of May! I usually post daily throughout the month to showcase my #OneADayInMay finds, but I’m afraid I have too much to do with my non-rubbish activities at the moment, so I am turning this month over to you: please pick …

Keep Reading#OneADayInMay 2019

Why People Litter: An Addendum

[ The original blog post can be found here. ]  I wasn’t expecting to write further on the subject of why people litter so soon, but the Off the Ground Twitter feed has been flooded with pictures of Hyde Park covered in a layer of left-behind rubbish (please note: I have not verified when the …

Keep ReadingWhy People Litter: An Addendum

Why People Litter

[ See Why People Litter: An Addendum ] “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 defeatist attitude—there’s …

Keep ReadingWhy People Litter

It All Adds Up

[ See photos from the Off the Ground Great British Spring Clean ] The recycling count is in from the recent Great British Spring Clean at Monkton Park: 106 glass bottles were found, 162 plastic bottles, and 231 aluminium cans. That’s 499 pieces of rubbish that could be recycled. At 10p an item with a …

Keep ReadingIt All Adds Up

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 …

Keep ReadingFive Years and Counting …