Cambria Bridge: Litter magnets
28th April 2022
We regularly litter pick along the canal path into town. Whereas it used to take a big group of us, there were only 2 of us last time, taking just over 2 hours to clean. With the area generally tidier, more littered areas stand out. There were 2 outstanding areas of litter:
At the end of the litter pick, I bumped into a friend. He gave me a hand to clean up the considerable unsightly rubbish on Cambria Bridge. He was quite surprised at how much he enjoyed it. Thank you Jeremy! There was a comment in the Adver from a member of the public who said that these blogs focused on the borough council, and omitted the role of the public. That is because these blogs have been focused on the underlying lack of facilitation which is the responsibility of the borough council. But let’s provide some balance. As we litter pick all over Swindon, people walk by, say thanks very much, share info etc. But how many of us roll up our sleeves, set a good example and clean up? What I hope is clear from this article is this: Those areas which are cared for are generally treated better. Those areas which are uncared for are generally treated with disrespect.
The solutions start with taking responsibility. Further down the canal path, a local resident has cleaned up an area that was initially neglected and then decimated by the borough council. She has been busy tiding and planting. Thanks to her, this area looks nicer and is noticeably less littered. Be the change... In lieu of adequate governance from the government and borough council (1 | 2 | 3 | 4, 5), we all need to take responsibility if we are to deal with littering / plastic pollution.