I am currently working on a rather large project for my personal blog, so I didn’t want to stray too far from home today to collect my 13 pieces of litter. I needn’t have worried about the time commitment: all of today’s pieces came from within a 30-second radius of my house!
Our property borders the playing fields of Hardenhuish and Sheldon Schools, and it is not uncommon to find rubbish blown into the garden or driveway from this area. I recognise that these fields are used by many people (indeed, I have a great view of the May Mile as I write this!) and that rubbish put into a bin may easily blow out. But I do hope that the schools are encouraging students to adopt the right behaviour (I have an idea for how to do this that doesn’t involve speaking at students – more in a future blog post).
What is especially disappointing about this haul is that it is ALL unrecyclable plastic. Crisp packets and sweet wrappers are pure waste, yet this is what is ending up in packed lunches and scoffed as a snack. Perhaps those who are trying to tackle the country’s obesity crisis need to team up with the waste warriors?