This month I took part in a litter pick in my village. We have a woodland which is maintained by the village and connects different parts of it so you can avoid walking alongside traffic. As it is between the local Co-op supermarket and people's houses it does collect litter and it is also a place where local kids and adults choose to congregate. The main paths through the wood were not too bad but it was off the path that I found the most litter, some of it many years old.

When tackling the problem of waste I find it helps to try to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. 

  • It is sensible to assume that litter will be everywhere people can reach.
  • Litter is not static and concentrated in the areas it is deposited. It is moved by the wind or by animals so it can be out of sight.


What can you DO?

1. Find a local group for litter picking [here]. If there isn't anything on this website then get in touch with your local parish council and see if they organise any litter picks or if you could organise one for them.

2. When you are litter picking look beyond the path and hunt out that litter.

3. Help with education of the importance of not dropping litter. Images of injured animals can be powerful here and its worth seeing if your local school or child's school has any education program.

4. If you see it pick it up (especially when you are walking down a street and there are bins everywhere within arms reach).

5. Ask landowners for extra bins or signage, if this is insufficient.

5. Why not check the drains in your street and give them a spring clean or report them if they are blocked.


New Orleans Action

For those in New Orleans check out NOLA Trash Mob [here] or [here] and Keep Nola Beautiful [here].

One of their areas of focus is to clear and test catch basins (storm drains) to prevent flooding. Why not check out your street's drains?