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Getting Squiffy

Nearly a quarter of the recyclables we find are alcohol related.  Take a deep breath and have a look through the list.  The most popular are revealed at the end. 1860 Imperial VodkaBudweiserBecksBlossom Hill White ZifandelBulmer CiderCaptain Morgan’s Gold and ColaCarlingCarlsbergCarlsberg ExportCarlsberg Special BrewCarlsberg Citrus Hard LemonadeCarlsberg Kronenbourg 1664Chase Elderflower LiquorChurchward CiderCorona ExtraCrabbies’ Alcoholic Ginger …

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Full of Energy?

Collecting littered energy drink containers has been a real eye opener (pun intended).  Previously, I could have named two brands, but in our January collection we came across thirteen different types.  In alphabetical order, they are: Amp (1.5%)Boost (1.5%)Emerge (10.8%)Energie (3.1%)KX (4.6%)Monster (26.2%)Nourishment (1.5%)Original Energy Drink (6.2%)Red Bull / Red Bull Red (21.5%)Relentless (13.8%)Rockstar (7.7%)Source …

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Fun with Numbers

Out of curiosity, we started keeping tracking what recyclables we found, recording all of the brand names and categorizing them.*  This is what we have for the month of January: Alcohol: 24.7%Energy Drinks: 15.0%Everything Else**: 42.8%Milk Drinks: 3.5%Water Bottles: 4.5%Unknown: 8.5%Other**: 1% * Believe it or not, we do actually have a life outside of …

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What a month!

We have gone on seven rubbish walks in January which has turned up a total of 10 bags of general rubbish, 78 glass bottles, 251 cans, and 221 plastic bottles.  We will be taking a brief hiatus from litter picking, but stay tuned for some number crunching: beginning in mid-January, we recorded the brands of …

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230 metres

Walking to and from the Chippenham train station and seeing all the rubbish along the road was what inspired Rubbish Walks in the first place. Unfortunately, picking up litter is mitigation, and does not prevent people from dropping it in the first place … as seen in the handful of rubbish collected from 230m of …

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Why I don’t wear Hi-Vis

Look at a photo of any litter picking group and you are likely to notice a striking similarity. The colours might be different—maybe it’s yellow or green or orange—but nearly all groups are pictured wearing hi-vis vests or jackets. At Off the Ground, we have made the deliberate choice not to wear hi-vis, for a …

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Impulse buy, impulse litter?

We noticed something interesting this weekend when popping into the local shops.  Many of the brands placed near the tills—prime impulse buy location—are the same brands we find when out on a rubbish walk.  Coincidence?  Are those who are more prone to impulsive purchases also more likely to ditch the container when it’s no longer …

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Mitigation vs. Solution

My last blog entry was about how I feel that everyone needs to take responsibility if we want our communities to be cleaner. This can be done through an organised litter pick in your local area, or taking it upon yourself to pick up litter when you see it. The organisation People Against Litter ask …

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