#OneADayInMay: 17 May

I wrote yesterday about the giant Lucozade giveaway I spotted when I was in London, and I felt like I was being followed this morning: the first piece of rubbish I picked up at Swindon train station was the very type of voucher I thought would easily fall off and become litter.

The rest of today’s #OneADayInMay collection comes from Swindon and shows the sheer variety of rubbish that ends up on our streets. One item that hasn’t gotten much attention this month is smoking paraphernalia: today there are two cigarette cartons and a pack of roll up papers. While cigarette butts are the most littered item in the world, smoking related items are pretty common too. I do wonder if there is a link between the habit of tossing a butt on the ground and chucking away a carton as well.

This is the Lucozade bottle shown above in situ, which some of you may recognise as the wall by Homebase on the way to the train station. I passed the bottle there this morning and figured I would collect it on the way back this afternoon and, sure enough, it was still there. Indeed, it had been joined by a friend, the Coca-Cola can also pictured above. This is a good example of how litter attracts more litter. It is also a good indication that this fence would be the perfect place for some anti-litter messaging–perhaps a reminder about the new £150 fines?

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