Amazed at litter in this country
From: Malcolm Cleaver, Lower Waites Lane, Fairlight
I read on your letters pages with considerable distress about the rubbish with which our roads and streets are littered.
To my mind, both Michael Bishop (letters 10/3) and an earlier correspondent, Geoffrey Whitehead are both missing the point. Why are our roads littered so much?
To me, the answer is that the public are so uncivilised as to not bothering to take their litter home with them for disposal at their own home, or at least to deposit it in a council litter bin.
If that general attitude could be instilled in the general populace, the problem of who collects our rubbish would cease to exist.
I recall that some years ago, I returned from a holiday in Germany, where I had become used to being in a relatively clean street scene, to be disgusted and amazed at the litter in this country.
That experience convinces me that given the correct incentive the human being can become a clean and tidy person.
Maybe ‘civic pride’ needs to be taught at schools, but given the pressure on the school curriculum these days that is I suspect an unobtainable wish.
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