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Growing civic pride in Otley

Loneliness of the short distance litter picker

Posted by billa on June 25, 2017

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Sometimes I pick litter with other people but every week I pick upper Bradford road on my own. I only pick 20 litres of rubbish so sometimes I get as far as the bus stop (200 metres) and sometimes I get as far as beyond the golf course (400 metres), but I only get as far as the golf course once or twice a year.

 

This pick got me to the railway bridge. Luckily no nappies, but the usual mix of 10 plastic bottles, 2 glass bottles, 8 cans, 8 polystyrene fast food boxes, 5 takeaway coffee cups, 3 bits of car, 6 cigarette packets, 1 sock etc.

 

25 June, I had to leave the large piece of steel, the large sheet of wood and the sandbag, maybe another day.

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A week later, 1st July:

Good news, Leeds council swept the road this week so should be less to pick up.  Still the piece of steel and wood went before the sweeper turned up.

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Ah well.

8th of July:

Well would you believe it I managed to get to the golf course this week, yeeha.

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15th July, well after I managed to pick up two 10kg steel rollers and take them to recycling centre, just dumped in the street.  I found only a limited amount of litter but many many little bits of plastic.  The good news I managed to get beyond the golf course and link up with the part of Bradford road that Leeds council litter picks.  Wow!

Interesting to see what happens next week...

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23rd July, for I change I decided to litter pick south into "Menston in Bloom" territory because this no-mans land can become over looked.  More countryside than town, improved fencing is controlling litter but also traps litter.  Still a chance to get a lot of plastic bottle out of wire/hedges.

Where does all the broken glass come from?  Next time take a brush and pan.

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