It should not be tolerated

In advance of the Great British Spring Clean, March 2 to 4, Kirknewton residents took to the highways last weekend and cleared a stretch of the B6351 between Kilham, Kirknewton and Akeld of litter that scars all our towns and villages '“ 6.5 miles in total, and 20 bin liners were filled.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 03 March, 2018, 08:00

Well done to all those who volunteered – you have made a small difference.

No doubt other villages and towns will be carrying out their own litter-picks in the surrounding area in the near future. The council is willing to supply the necessary equipment from its Tweedmouth depot.

Having organised five of these events over the last 12 years, it comes as a disappointment to us that we continually have to clear up after the minority of our fellow beings who seem to place little value on a clean environment.

The litter consisted of the usual plastic bags, discarded cans, bottles, etc. It should not be tolerated.

Litter on our roadsides is not only unsightly, but also very hazardous for the many animals that live alongside our roads.

Litter in our neighbourhoods means a loss of resources to the economy because objects that are subsequently collected, such as food packaging, aluminium cans, plastic bottles and glass bottles, could be recovered and recycled.

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We can all do our little bit to improve our road network and the environment by taking all rubbish home and disposing of it responsibly.

I certainly don’t have all the answers to this nationwide problem – suggestions such as Take Your Litter Home signs, more roadside bins, Adopt A Road schemes or education initiatives are possibilities – however, I do know (like my fellow volunteers) that I would prefer not to spend my time picking up after other people.

Driving home from Newcastle yesterday it was a pleasure to see such a clean stretch of road from Akeld through to Kirknewton, and such a contrast with the drive up the A697 through so many miles of road that have become blighted with litter.

I do wonder, however, how soon it will be before the first plastic bottle appears on our road. I fear not long at all.

Anthony Reed-Jones