Yesterday I decided to go for a walk. Inspired by Ilona's rubbish walks, I took a couple of bin bags and a pair of rubber gloves with me, in order to pick up any rubbish I found. (Mum came with me as the official “holder of clean stuff and photographer”).
I didn't get far before I found my first piece of plastic. In fact, I didn't walk very far all day. I walked a grand total of 0.4 miles before I had to turn back.
Why did I turn back so soon? I simply couldn't carry any more rubbish!
My lane is a single track, poorly maintained road running through dairy fields and cropland. It is not highly populated or busy with traffic, yet I collected 2 bin liners full of rubbish.
On the face of it, the lane didn't look too bad. I'd seen an old fertiliser bag on the side of the road and a plastic bag attached to a bramble, but nothing much else. The problem was that it was all half-hidden in the foliage of the hedges.
Amongst other things, I found:
- A half-full soy milk carton – OH, THE SMELL!
- 5 coffee cups
- 2 Red Bull cans
- A beer bottle
- A ring-holder for cans – prime choking material for wildlife
- Agricultural rubbish – black liners from hay bales and fertiliser bags.
- Lots and lots of clear plastic – mainly cellophane.
- Several cola bottles, including one half-full 2 litre bottle!
- Two plastic bags full of soy milk cartons.. (this was definitely the strangest find, but they were in a ditch so it was a deliberate dumping)
Why do people feel the need to fling things out of the window as they drive through the beautiful Cornish countryside? It's polluting and damages the health of wildlife. The next free day I have I'm going back out to clear the next section of lane of rubbish. I WILL get round my 4 mile circuit!
Have you ever collected rubbish? Would you give it a go?