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Loneliness of the short distance litter picker

Posted by billa on June 25, 2017


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.


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.


Ah well.

8th of July:

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



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...


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.