Litter Picking!

We’ve been on our first Litter Pick!  Through our local Facebook group, Love Horfield, a young woman asked if anyone wanted to join her in a local litter pick.  It seemed like quite a few people were going and we signed up.

In the hope that we would do this more than once we even invested in our own litter pickers.  Actually they were called Senior Reaching Tools but we may gloss over that.  They came from Home Bargains and cost a mind-boggling £1.29 each!   They did a perfectly good job with the litter.

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So we met with the others and sorted out our bags.  Helen had contacted Bristol Waste who provided bags and rings which keep the bags open making it easier to put the litter in. They had also arranged for the bags to be collected from her drive later the same day.

We were the only oldies amongst a group of young families – fantastic to see the little ones being shown such a great example.  We went off in pairs or small groups to designated roads.  Colin and I filled 2 bags – one with rubbish and one with recycling.  The recycling one became heavy very quickly as we found a load of glass bottles in the entrance to a back lane.  I particularly enjoyed wearing the orange jacket.

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Not quite as many participants as I expected!

We even got some ‘thank yous’ from passers-by and encouraging toots from car drivers.

We worked for an hour and altogether 7 bags were collected – quite shocking.  It was a great feeling to be able to help but such a shame that it’s needed.  It was good exercise for me and I was exhausted afterwards.



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I would encourage anyone who is interested in this to organise a litter pick, or go to one arranged in their community.  Local authorities are usually very grateful and will support where they can.  As well as doing some good, getting some exercise and feeling a bit smug, it’s a great way to meet people.  Win-win I’d say!

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