Litter bugs and pissing in the street

Ever since I read Gemma’s post about her Bishop’s Meadow litter pick, I have been thinking I should do the same. There are some lovely rose gardens and a small field of daffodils very close to our home and both seem to be permanently spoilt with litter.

One afternoon this week as I was cycling the kids home from school, Daniel noticed the litter in amongst the daffodils and suggested we go and pick it up. I jumped on this flicker of interest from him and the three of us went out this afternoon with a rubbish bag and rubber gloves and started collecting litter. I didn’t think we’d get all that much because the area is quite small but we ended up with a pretty full bag of rubbish:

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What was particularly irritating is that there’s a rubbish bin right next to the daffodils. It’s the height of laziness to throw litter on the ground when there’s a rubbish bin right there. Why do people do it?

When I was a kid Australia had quite a prominent anti-litter campaign involving tv commercials and print media advertising called “Do the right thing”. Here’s one of the commercials:

It must have had quite a bit impact on me because I still remember the jingle 30 years later and I would never dream of dumping my rubbish anywhere other than a rubbish bin.

While I’m having this rant let me move onto pissing in the street. Why do men think it’s ok to urinate in public? It really isn’t. It’s incredibly uncouth and coming from an Aussie this is damning indeed. Flushing toilets have been around for several hundred years now. Please use them!