I am out in my local area every day during the lock down and enjoying the beach and my local forest, there are so many bike trails and walks enjoyed by all. Why are some of the folk throwing away cans, bottles and sports gels? The beach also has most days especially at weekend the so called “Disposable Barbecue” dumped. There are a few tables at Roseille my local picnic area and some are burnt with Barbecues used on them, despite there being a metal plate on a few of the tables.
I have put my panniers on my bike and bring back rubbish every day. To get to these places just now you have to walk or cycle so why not bring all your rubbish home. As for those who dump sports gels and high energy drink bottles shame on you.
Only after the last tree has been cut down,
Only after the Last River has been poisoned.
Only after the Last Fish has been caught,
Only then will you find,
That money cannot be eaten.
Cree Indian Prophecy.
Dog Poo is another favourite to dump but that is another story for another time. If you have a dog take the poo to the nearest dog bin. The tree fairy will not collect it for you.
So if you go out and about and you can please pick up what rubbish you can and teach others to do the same.
In the Mountains and wild places things are also not good.
This is from Mountaineering Scotland.
Litter in the Mountains
Tak It Hame is our campaign that says what it means: encouraging the mountaineering community, and others, to remove litter and plastic from our hills and crags.
The campaign was all set to relaunch this spring BUT with the arrival of the Coronavirus restriction, things haven’t gone to plan! So instead, we’re asking you to TakItHame while you are on your daily exercise around your local area instead. Of course, the first consideration at this time is to stay safe and observe the social distancing and hand hygiene rules.
Only do what you assess is safe and feel comfortable doing – do not put yourself or others at risk. Use a litter picker if you have one, or gloves (disposable or otherwise); use hand sanitizer and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.
There are three key things to remember:
- Don’t pick up anything that might put you at risk, like sharp objects, tissues or dog waste.
- Dispose of litter at home by sorting into your recycling or landfill bins, depending on what it is you have picked up, wash the bag thoroughly and use again.
- Take a photo of what you have collected and share on social media, using the hashtag #TakItHame, and tag Mountaineering Scotland on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so we can see what you have been doing
We encourage everyone taking to the hills and climbing the crags to do a little on every trip, individually, or as part of a group or club outing. And to show others too: tell the world that we can all do something. Many of us already do, but the litter still accumulates. We need more people to do the same.
This message applies locally as well as up the hills, so you can make your own local area a nicer, cleaner place too.
The message is: can you bring back more than you took out?
So what can we, every one of us, do?
- Firstly, we can think about the choices we make when buying, consuming and disposing of food and drink items that we take along with us. We know the story: reduce packaging, reuse bags and bottles, recycle all that can be recycled.
- Secondly, we can step up to the ongoing challenge of cleaning up the hillside of lost or discarded items. Not just the items we bring in with us, but the things that lie there, trampled into the soil, blown into bushes or lodged in cracks.