Litter pick on walk home from work

Two litter picks in one day!!! This one was very frustrating and disheartening.. as i walked along the canal I spotted some over-enthusiastic (code for immature) magnet fishers. While it looked like they weren’t causing too much trouble, they were adding to the rubbish along the path as they had come up trumps with their ‘fishing’. My plan was to get to bridge 3 and do a soft easy pick of the 20 or 30 cans littered there. Lo and behold I spotted a whole disgusting heap of rubbish all matted with reeds and big branches and natural matter. The good thing is this is out of the water, the bad thing, since I walked past it this morning I spotted it had already encouraged more littering from the regulars who also use this spot to sit. It has a wall and the grass has worn away from people constantly walking all over it. I just had to pick what I could, I couldn’t leave it like that! I filled two bags for life, one Sainsbury’s (my own) and an Aldi bag for life that some very clever individual had chucked away - brand new I might add with a plastic 4-pack can ring inside. The 4th cyclist who passed me stopped, removed his earplugs and said thank you and we chatted briefly, I told him he was welcome and invited his help should he want to, he told me he is a part of a church and they are always looking for things to do so I gave him the litter action details. I hope he took them down right and gets in contact! My favourite dog Mishka (and her owner) came along and interrupted us so I bid the cyclist farewell, got some cuddles from Mishka who seemed happy at me cleaning and helped by cleaning me (she licked me!). I grabbed what I could and walked to the end of bridge 3 with Mishka and her owner, who shared his frustration and told me of his own efforts to put bags at the roadside whenever he could to get them away from the canal where they are normally just thrown in :( I emptied the contents of both bags in the new bin I campaigned to get installed next to the bus stop by Shortridge Drive. The bin is definitely full now so I will now have to report it to the Council and ask for it to be emptied. This was a bad evening and reminded me how angry and sad I felt the very first time I picked. It is times like this when I don’t even want to walk along the Canal for how angry and upset it makes me, but I noticed a real difference in the water by the reeds where I have been picking and I am hopeful for what change is to come. Watch this space.


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  • Tue 02 Jul 2019
    Litter pick on way to work
  • Thu 27 Jun 2019
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  • Mon 06 May 2019
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  • Thu 02 May 2019
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  • Fri 22 Mar 2019
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  • Thu 28 Feb 2019
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  • Tue 26 Feb 2019
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  • Tue 26 Feb 2019
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  • Wed 20 Feb 2019
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  • Mon 18 Feb 2019
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  • Thu 20 Dec 2018
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  • Tue 27 Nov 2018
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  • Mon 26 Nov 2018
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  • Mon 29 Oct 2018
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  • Tue 07 Aug 2018
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  • Mon 06 Aug 2018
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  • Tue 31 Jul 2018
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  • Mon 11 Jun 2018
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  • Tue 22 May 2018
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  • Wed 16 May 2018
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  • Fri 23 Feb 2018
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  • Tue 20 Feb 2018
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  • Wed 10 Jan 2018
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