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Sunday, 27 May 2007
Picking up litter

picking up litter

I’ve seen so much litter lying around lately, and now I’ve spotted a council worker picking it up. I assume he’s a council worker.  I even saw a sign on the A21 in Kent today announcing that there had recently been a clean-up and exhorting motorists not to litter.  The sign was clearly aimed at motorists: when was the last time you saw a cyclist, a walker or a hiker littering?

Actually there are seven major sources of litter: pedestrian, motorist, loading areas, improper household containment, improper commercial containment, construction and demolition sites, and uncovered trucks. However, according to the UK Commission for Integrated Transport:

one interesting difference between bad behaviour on the road and bad behaviour generally is that the population of people behaving badly on the road is much wider. Otherwise law-abiding people may, on occasion, drive very inconsiderately by doing such things as tail-gating, blowing their horns, making rude gestures or shouting, whereas they would not behave in such ways when walking down the street. People who would never drop litter in any other environment will drop litter from their cars. Research carried out for the DfT confirmed that people do not equate disrespect on the road with anti-social behaviour generally.

There are some facts and figures about litter at the Highways Agency website.

Posted by bigblue on 27/05/2007 at 11:47 PM
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