Take litter seriously

PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:55 15 June 2010

I am writing about the grave concern of litter it is a growing problem. It is time the councils and government did more about it. It has always been a serious issue. The blame lies with takeaways and supermarkets. We do appreciate that it is not them

I am writing about the grave concern of litter - it is a growing problem.It is time the councils and government did more about it. It has always been a serious issue.The blame lies with takeaways and supermarkets. We do appreciate that it is not them dropping the litter, but it is coming from their establishments.So, it is about time these places shared the responsibility to help keep our environment clean and tidy.The awful fact is that 25 million tonnes of litter is dropped each year in this county.Taxpayers foot the million pound bill to clean any illegally dumped waste, known as fly-tipping. It is a kind of anti-social behaviour. We should not have to tolerate this.It is shameful and should not be dumped in the first place. So much litter, like plastic bags, bottles, tins etc., cannot rot down in the earth.A big part of why people do this is they feel it is acceptable. "Well, everybody seems to be doing it". I hope not! It doesn't make it right.Maybe, if the environment was cleaned, people would not discard their litter so freely.Councils can do more and should be compelled to have an official pride in our environment.Maybe more bins, as long as they are emptied regularly by the councils.The government fails to protect the green of this pleasant land.There are lots of people who care strongly about this. We have certain standards we expect the council to maintain.It is time to make fierce war on litter. We can do this - bin it or take it home.To end, a note about dog fouling. It is a small minority who are not responsible. Why should the majority be penalised because of them? It is selfish, shameful and disgusting for anyone to let their dog foul on pavements. Can we, at least, make an effort to clean up our town? It is not a lot to ask.Mrs I JeevesStone Close Woodhill View Honiton


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