The Weekly Gripe

Gripes the News
The Soapbox
Gripes in the pipes
*

People should be fined heavily for dropping litter

49 comments  Add a comment

"I pay my council tax so they should clean it up!"
"Its not my problem."
"But there are no bins around here, where else am I supposed to put it?"

I personally have heard all of these excuses being used to justify littering, and I dont know if it is just me, but I think that each one of them smacks of entitlement, apathy and sheer lack of pride.  Weve all seen it; the family throwing the remnants of their McDonalds takeaway out of their car window and driving off, the empty beer cans strewn around a park bench on a Sunday morning, the cigarette butts lining the gutter amongst millions of other examples.  Why on earth is it tolerated?

For a start, litter makes a place look horribly untidy but that's only one of the issues that it raises.  Hygiene is a big one, with rats and seagulls being attracted to discarded foodstuffs, and I dont think that I even need to mention how nasty it is to see used condoms, dirty nappies and hypodermic needles lying on the ground where any-one's child or dog could get at them.  Think of the plethora of diseases just waiting to be spread!

litter causes hygiene problems Litter can also cause injury to both people and animals.  Ive heard many a story about foxes getting their muzzles caught in tin cans, dogs choking on crisp packets and birds getting six pack rings caught around their necks.  Ive even had my own litter-related injury.  As a child, I was playing in the park and lacerated my leg after falling onto a discarded, smashed up liquor bottle resulting in a trip to the emergency room, several stitches and a permanent scar.  I wonder if the people who left it there considered that such a thing might happen.  My guess is, probably not.

As for the 'lack of bins' argument, how difficult is it to stuff your rubbish into your bag or pocket or simply just keep a hold of it until you reach a place where you can dispose of it?  Yes, I know that it is inconvenient but I'm reasonably sure that nothing catastrophic is going to happen if you have to hold on to that sweet wrapper for another one hundred metres.  So please, have some respect and consideration for other people, wildlife and your country and dont just throw your rubbish on the ground.

By: Cephalopod


Leave a comment

First Prev 1/4 Next Last

Abcdefgh

Abcdefgh

Nice.
27/04 Abcdefgh
1
Aarush and Arna

Aarush and Arna

It is so bad that even Aarush can right a better one
19/02 Aarush and Arna
1
cristian

cristian

cool facts
21/11 cristian
-1
Lea

Lea

Disgusting to see people throwing litter at parks or wherever
05/08 Lea
1
i'm a robot

i'm a robot

bugs are gross\
24/04/20 i'm a robot
-1
bip bop

bip bop

hi
24/04/20 bip bop
0
beetle boris boi

beetle boris boi

rubbish should be eaten
09/04/20 beetle boris boi
-6
@haveyoueatentrash

@haveyoueatentrash

the world is stuffed by plastic
08/04/20 @haveyoueatentrash
-1
Fed up

Fed up

@grumpyoldwoman, I think David Attenborugh and ana may be the same. If we're patient perhaps we'll see an abundance of intellect.

OK, maybe not.
03/03/20 Fed up
1
grumpyoldwoman

grumpyoldwoman

I have a distinct feeling that the real David Attenborough would be able to spell "precisely" precisely correctly.
03/03/20 grumpyoldwoman
3
David Attenborugh

David Attenborugh

Presicley
02/03/20 David Attenborugh
1
ana

ana

omg
01/03/20 ana
2
Guest

Guest

@ Nell, Could not agree more. As a dog owner that picks up on anything lying around, Iam amazed just how filthy and dirty people are today. They throw their rubbish about everywhere. One has to wonder what kind of filth and mess they live in at home.
20/11/19 Guest
-1
Nell

Nell

The shout 'What about our environment' starts with each individual and their immediate surroundings. Dispose litter responsibly. If everyone did such a small thing what a world of difference it would make.
20/11/19 Nell
2
Kenny (site admin)

Kenny (site admin)

Thought I'd post a comment up here, no need for another gripe as it's already been done. Yesterday, whilst walking down the street saw a guy walking towards us swigging from a can of Tennents Lager (that gives you an idea). He finished, then scrunched the can up and just tossed it onto the top of a hedge. There was a bin about 3 metres away from him. WTF?

I walked further down the road and I saw a MacDonalds fries carton, then a little distance down the road was the Big Mac container that presumably was bought with it. Thinking about the road I was walking down I realised that a new drive through MacDonalds had recently opened up. Clearly some slob had driven down the road and having finished their meal tossed the rubbish out the window.

I find it hard to believe that people can just chuck their rubbish away like that. Absolutely unbelievable.
01/02/19 Kenny (site admin)
3

First Prev 1/4 Next Last

FEATURES

Gripes the News
Gripes in the pipes
The Soapbox
spinner