Walking my dog Noah recently around several wooded areas I was surprised at the amount of litter and dog fouling in car parks, on pathways, and in hedgerows. On our walk last night I decided to collect as much as I could and dispose of it safely. We first encountered a lot of sweet wrappers.
This type of sweet wrapper is made out of metallised plastic film, a material which is not recyclable, therefore if it is not disposed of it will remain and be a potential danger to wildlife.
There were a lot of wet wipes scattered around the car park; according to ‘Recycle Now’, baby wipes, cosmetic wipes, bathroom cleaning wipes and moist toilet tissues are not able to be recycled.
On our walk we picked up several piles of dog waste that had been left in the middle of pathways. Dog fouling is not only an offence with a fixed penalty of £100, it can be extremely dangerous to health so must be picked up by the owner.
The organisation Keep Britain Tidy, which has been active since 1954 has great information about the benefits of litter picking, reducing waste, keeping our spaces clean and tidy for us all to enjoy and campaigns everyone can join in to keep our environment safe, tidy and clean.