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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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Who is the Knotty Man?

We found the first of his handiwork soon after starting Rubbish Walks in November: a crisp packet tied into a knot and discarded on the side of Malmesbury Road. This distinctive style was later found on other walks: along Hardenhuish Road, Bristol Road, Hardenhuish Lane. Whether it’s crisp or candy wrappers, the Knotty Man’s MO …

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Parliamentary Litter Inquiry

A few weeks ago, I found myself watching a broadcast of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Litter, held on 6 January 2015. As someone who has recently become an anti-litter evangelist, I found it fascinating to listen to the assembled experts. There were representatives from businesses such as the tobacco industry (cigarette butts are the most …

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A Riverside Rubbish Walk

It was a beautiful day in Chippenham today.  A cloudless blue sky, sun, and the weather feeling a bit warmer than it has done lately made it seem like the perfect time to take a walk along the river.  This was intended to be a short walk after yesterday, and in terms of distance it …

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