The other day whilst on a cycle ride I stopped at the top of Clieves Hill to catch my breath and fell into conversation with a West Lancs Council street cleansing chap who was emptying the bins and picking up litter.
View from Clieves Hill towards the Sefton Coast.
The first thing to say is that he was doing a great job but as I had seen the extent of the littering up there previously I asked him how often the area was litter picked and the bins emptied. Expecting to hear him say something like weekly I was surprised when he said virtually every day!
He went on to tell me about the littering and the behaviour of a minority of folk who drive up Clieves Hill for the view. Sadly, he recounted that chucking food waste and packaging out of car doors was a regular thing despite there being a couple of bins to use. He also indicated that people in flashy expensive cars were often the worst behaved. But what really struck me was when he said that these anti-social people even do it when he’s there and that he has to challenge them to get out of the car to pick their rubbish up.
But if that was not enough he then went on to tell me that when he is litter picking the nearby A59 the odd driver will blow their horn to gain his attention and then a window comes down and rubbish is chucked out for him to clear up!
I can’t tell you how a felt for that poor chap doing his bit to keep our countryside tidy and litter free whilst others deliberately do just the opposite.
Litter chucked from vehicles can now be seen beside many main roads at at junctions*.
The BBC has the story on its web site – see link above
I also blogged about this subject back in 2014 and here’s a link back to that posting:-
It seems to be becoming almost a fashionable thing to do, an ‘acceptable’ way to dispose of unwanted wrappings and general junk within a vehicle. I bet most of us have seen it happen. A window winds down in front of us in a queue of traffic and some rubbish gets thrown out onto the pavement or grass verge.
I may have related this story before but a few years back I was walking along Green Lane in Thornton, here on Merseyside, and there was a queue of traffic at the traffic lights. A few yards ahead of me was a lady walking in the same direction as me. Just in front of her a car window opened and a nappy was chucked out onto the pavement. The lady picked it up and with some force threw it against the back window of the car it came from. It made quite a mess on that car and the occupants looked as surprised as I did. Direct action got a message home on that occasion I suspect.
*(This is a general illustrative shot of litter)
The Telegraph recently reported that motorists who allow rubbish to be thrown from their cars could be prosecuted as part of an attempt by ministers to make dropping rubbish as “socially unacceptable as drink driving”.
The Government is looking at making it easier for councils to fine those who throw litter from cars, cutting down on roadside rubbish which costs millions of pounds to clean up. The plans are part of a push to clean up Britain’s streets and achieve a “cultural change” towards littering.
This has to be good news as this anti-social habit seems to be on the rise in recent times. The amount rubbish and litter that surrounds Switch Island and also along the A59 through Maghull & Lydiate can be staggering. What’s more, we all have to pay for it to be cleaned up by Sefton Council and the Highways Agency. I was stopped in the street about this very sort of anti-social behaviour/environmental crime by a local resident only last week. His concern was that Sefton Council did not clear the A59 often enough.
Can’t wait to see the Liverpool Echo run a photo of the first person to be caught littering from their car window in and around Maghull.