I’ve been getting involved in Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean – making an attempt to spring clean the section of the South Coast where we live, only to be shocked by our own findings. Some of the plastic washed up on the Solent has been around for so long the vegetation has grown over or through it. This is not a rock:
This bucketful of flotsam was brought in by one storm, although some items must have been floating around for a while. A week later I found this washed up on the same 600yard stretch of Solent foreshore:
I collected these tins, plastics and polystyrene from a tidal riverbank. Our waterways are full of drink cans.
The sheer amount of bottles that must have been thrown out of moving vehicles, is staggering. All this needs to be sorted and recycled.
I have found a number of discarded tools including carpenter’s saws. My husband wanted to resurrect these pliers, but they were beyond hope.
There is often a mask amidst the detritus, none of which will rot. What distresses me most is the ardent fly tipping. These cans of motor oil were nearly full and looked uncontaminated. Why were they discarded? How many litres of river water would they pollute?
These full containers were dumped in a nature reserve within the New Forest National Park. Does someone imagine these things will decompose?
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Appalling. We got one full bag of litter in just a mile of Cumbrian country lane yesterday – a road only locals use.
We need to establish a culture of using bins in vehicles – holding businesses responsible for their driver’s waste.
Yep we live near a stobarts yard (next to our little village) and there’s endless junk but mostly bottles of urine disgusting
When did this ‘bottles of urine’ culture start? Surely it’s a safety hazzard. The idea of men driving along while peeing seems dangerous.
It is incredible how thoughtless some people are. The lanes and country paths around here in Glastonbury seem relatively free, but litter is just as endemic at home, near Preston. Thank you for all your hard work, Sophie, in trying to make the land a cleaner place.
Thank you for leaving a comment! The encouragement spurs me on.