I managed to grab this photo just before the heavens opened up this afternoon, and while in many ways it’s a usual mix of rubbish, there are a few things to point out. Like the scratchcards: this is a common type of litter, but what is even more annoying is when the ticket is torn into pieces, making an even bigger mess. Because scratchcards are commonly cast aside, should there be a label on them? I’m fond of “You might be a loser, but please don’t be a tosser”, but I suspect the National Lotto wouldn’t agree! On a slightly more serious note, what about signs in stores or in betting shops? Maybe “Don’t bet on not getting caught: £150 fine for littering”?
Or maybe target areas where people are known to litter? This plannter regularly gets used as a picnic site: you can see that someone had a sandwich from Tesco, a case of Corona, and quite a few cigarettes last night. I walked past it at 6:45am this morning on my way to work, and it was still there at 4:00pm this afternoon so the packaging at least came home with me. In many ways people are predictable: why don’t we take advantage of this to help bring about behaviour change?