I’ve been travelling a lot for work the past few weeks so I haven’t been able to clean “my” patch of Chippenham, the usual path I take as I walk home in the evening. In the interim, it has become a tip: bottles and cans, cigarette cartons, sweet wrappers, crisp packets, and even a few cups from the recent Chippenham Half Marathon.
I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, it’s sad/annoying/infuriating/all of the above that people can be so thoughtless and have such little respect for others and their surroundings. On the other, it shows that one person, keeping an area clean on a regular basis, does make a difference. [Getting people to stop dropping rubbish in the first place is a different story, and something we’ll be working on!]
Imagine if everyone did their bit and kept an eye on their own patch. Rubbish Walks Heybridge is doing it. As is Rubbish Walks Woodbridge and Rubbish Walks Witham. Taking a stand starts with one person saying “Enough is enough!” … and if everyone joins in, we send a loud, powerful message. Not only to the litter louts who are causing the problems, but also to our government: This is a serious problem. It shouldn’t be ignored. And we need to act NOW.
Most people take pictures of scenery when they travel. I photograph bins.
Well done to Stafford Borough Council for at least giving the impression of handing out fines for littering.