During the week leading up to the litter pick we have been enjoying very fine weather but it was clearly saving itself for the Saturday because boy, was it hot!
The thought of putting on hi-viz vest and gloves was a bit daunting, but off we went, splitting into two teams.
Two worked on one side of the dual carriageway by Millbrook station and going up toward the city centre and the rest of us worked the other side of the road starting at the railway bridge and working back towards our house.
This is an area we have covered on every litter pick so far. Either side of the fence is a planted area that seems to be used for fly tipping and drinking judging by the rubbish found there.
Here we found 3 x 1kg bags of rice unopened, a bag of pasta also unopened and another bag of pasta that had split. We also found untold numbers of glass bottles and cans.
Despite this, there was relatively little litter in this area. It may be that the plants have grown up and we are just not seeing as much, but I am cautiously encouraged by this as I do feel the amount of litter in the places we are consistently covering is reducing. Or, at the very least, we are keeping on top of it.
We did a lot of shade hopping as the heat was really fierce and even went into a local park where the trees kept everything lovely and cool. We were delighted that there was little to no litter there.
We made our way back to the meeting place and picked around our road, which always makes me feel happier. Still getting flytipping by the substation though…..
This next picture shows a problem that could be easily resolved/avoided…….
……if companies doing work on the road simply took their stuff away when they finished.
I’ll mention this to the council as well, but I doubt it is their responsibility to dispose of it.
As we dashed in to wash our hands, drink loads and cool off, we tallied up – 3 bags of recycling, 1 bag of glass and 5 bags of general rubbish. 9 bags in all, pretty good all things considered.
Best/odd finds this month – two pairs lace knickers (!) and a pram mobile.
Another great pick with our brilliant volunteers.