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Letter: Litter on the Riverbanks is Shocking

Published on: 9 Aug, 2020
Updated on: 9 Aug, 2020

Riverbank litter near St Catherine’s Bridge. Photo: Judy Norman.

From Judy Norman

I walk along a stretch of River Wey almost every morning, at about 6.15 and have been shocked on numerous occasions by the amount of litter, especially near St Catherine’s Bridge.

The litter in my photograph is not the worst I have seen on the riverbank, but it gives a clue to the age of the miscreants. I thought our young cared about the environment?

There are no waste bins on the towpath between Millmead Island and Broadford Bridge, probably a deliberate policy, but an unhelpful one.

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test 3 Responses to Letter: Litter on the Riverbanks is Shocking

  1. Jim Allen Reply

    August 9, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    The litter policy or parks department seems to be, “If you put in litter bins it only attracts litter.” Hmmm. So they won’t put them in.

    We have exactly the same problem at Riverside Park and have up to four, yes four, street refuse bags tied to the fence at weekends with litter collected in the Nature Reserve. I’ve asked for litter bins for over 15 years but met with steadfast refusal. So we have GBC street cleaning department provide us bags to tie on the fence. This does not make sense.

  2. David Middleton Reply

    August 9, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    If they can carry the bottles, cans and packets when full, they can carry them out again empty.

    Frankly, even if there was a bin every five metres, these sort of people would still chuck their rubbish on the ground.

    No regard for anyone but their selfish and inconsiderate selves.

  3. Darryl Pinto Reply

    August 10, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    I think you will find that it is the younger set who seem to care less for the environment and local countryside. It appears to be us oldies who appreciate what we have got and therefore try to maintain it.

    There seems to be a generation gap between us and the current parents who have not brought up their kids to look after their immediate surroundings.

    Do they treat their own homes in this way?

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