Litter on the hills
by andypanda » Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:49 pm
Numerous plastic water bottles; Morrisons meal deal bags left next to the path; wrappers and tissues ripped up and discarded all the way along the route.
I worry that this will become more prominent with more people taking an interest in the hills in the post lockdown future.
I was wondering if any of you had advice for litter picking in the current environment. I'd usually take some litter back with me but I'm not currently practicing this due to covid.
It really breaks my heart to see people trashing the hills.
by Sgurr » Sat Jun 20, 2020 3:39 pm
by KatTai » Sat Jun 20, 2020 3:56 pm
by andypanda » Sat Jun 20, 2020 6:38 pm
I was thinking of strapping a dry bag to the side of my rucksack with a bin bag liner. I'd agree that it's probably unlikely to transmit any viruses if it's been out for a while but I don't want to take that chance!
by iain_atkinson_1986 » Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:29 pm
by JohnSound » Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:22 pm
That's right, two wheelie bins right there and still folk leave litter wherever they want, unbelievable. This week's highlights have been KFC takeaway bags, fag packets, chewing gum wrappers and cans - both beer and energy drinks.
I'm looking forward to the pubs and town centres opening so the kind of people who are leaving this kind of stuff behind can keep themselves occupied elsewhere, leaving the hill to those who appreciate it.
by Sgurr » Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:50 pm
I started to feel like the Walrus and The Carpenter..."If seven maids with seven mops swept it for half a year do you suppose, " the Walrus said, "that we could get it clear"?,
Dedication clearing Criffel Car park.
by Border Reiver » Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:36 pm
by Kinshusrst Kid » Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:02 pm
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by CharlesT » Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:42 pm
Kinshusrst Kid wrote:And we are part of a civilized nation ???
Civilisation is a very thin veneer and the behaviour of some during the lockdown merely serves to demonstrate just how thin it is.
by WalkWithWallace » Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:00 pm
If you use hand sanitiser after picking up any litter on the hill you'll be okay. Maybe carry a bag you can put it in.
by Mal Grey » Sun Jun 21, 2020 2:10 pm
A few short weeks after things were relaxed here in England and I am in real despair about the way people are treating the landscape. I genuinely don't understand and it has been awful to find some of my special local spots covered in litter.
Much, but not all, that I have seen is younger generations, sadly (under 30ish but mostly under 25). Has education on such matters ceased? Why do people want to go somewhere lovely and then just trash it? There's also a sudden disrespect for people's property, climbing fences to access fields, having fires on private land, etc, damaging them in the process. What has happened to people? I thought the younger generation were supposed to be the ones to save the planet, environmentally aware.
I've often picked up litter when canoeing, and we organise clean-up days most years. I've managed to tidy up a bit of the recent litter, but the sheer volume makes it an impossible task. I don't know what the answer is. (I just clean my hands with gel after if its smaller bits, gloves if a bigger mess, and then properly when I get home)
Its ruining some of my enjoyment of the outdoors. Its also depressing me, but making me angry at the same time, and I'm not sure how I'll react if I actually see it happening in front of me. I am just hoping it is a temporary phase, a release after lockdown if you like, a boredom thing, and that the idiots go back to watching the telly and shopping once things return closer to "normality".
by denfinella » Sun Jun 21, 2020 6:12 pm
by Border Reiver » Mon Jun 22, 2020 11:01 am
I think it's because they don't see it as a problem because it's likely that where they live is blighted by litter as well. We've seen gardens piled with rubbish as we looked for lockdown walks around the city. I remember, around 30 yrs ago, I was taking a break from driving in one of the picnic areas by Loch Lubnaig when a large car pulled in and a family of 2 adults and 2 teenage kids got our, sat on the grass and had a meal from cans and takeaway sandwiches etc. When they had finished, they gathered up most of the litter and, in front of myself and other people, threw it all into the loch and drove off, Unbelievable, it wasn't as though there was other litter, because the beauty spot was spotless when I arrived.denfinella wrote:Of course all littering is bad, but littering in natural beauty spots really confuses me. Besides the long-term impact on the environment, I just can't understand why someone who has visited somewhere because of the scenery would be willing to spoil the scenery.
by al78 » Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:07 pm
Mal Grey wrote:Much, but not all, that I have seen is younger generations, sadly (under 30ish but mostly under 25). Has education on such matters ceased? Why do people want to go somewhere lovely and then just trash it? There's also a sudden disrespect for people's property, climbing fences to access fields, having fires on private land, etc, damaging them in the process. What has happened to people? I thought the younger generation were supposed to be the ones to save the planet, environmentally aware.
Don't commit the logical fallacy of judging an entire, and large, category of people based on a few bad examples. You would end up hating the entire global human population, including yourself, if you applied that sort of faulty thinking universally.
There are plenty of young people out there who are respectful of their environment, and who you haven't seen.