Litter Picking and Waste
28 June 2018
Every person has a specific purpose in life. For some, it’s as complicated as battling intergalactic threats; for others it’s as simple as baking and selling cakes. We all have a purpose. Alongside this purpose, we have a duty; a duty to keep the environment in which we live litter free, looking clean, and smelling nice.
The UK has an enormous litter problem. Approx. 2.25 million pieces of litter are dropped on the streets of the UK every day. We need to act before this “litter crisis” becomes an epidemic and we’re all trudging through piles and piles of litter to complete the simplest day-to-day tasks.
It’s no secret that councils throughout the UK are experiencing funding cuts, with many of these cuts affecting the waste collection and disposal budgets. Organisations such as PAL Hire are stepping up and making a difference in their local community.
Litter picking has been in the news recently for all the right reasons as Japanese and Senegalese fans have been receiving worldwide praise and recognition for their inspirational behaviour and litter picking exploits after their respective countries matches at a major footballing event being held this summer. These fans are leading by example and there will not be a bigger stage to make a statement to the world about the importance of litter picking. If fans from around the world do not heed this example, then they will be missing a big opportunity to make a difference.
According to statistics provided by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, fly-tipping incidents are on the rise; however, successful prosecutions are at an all-time low.
Why is there a disparity between these statistics?
Some commentators state it is because of financial burdens placed on councils, whereas others believe it’s because councils have bigger problems to resolve. The lack of action by councils has prompted the public to take action with several local groups being set up via social media and planning to meet in local parks across the UK to help clean up their area.
What has caused the increase in fly-tipping?
The economy and general consumerism. 50-60 years ago, there wasn’t as much disposable income as there is now. It’s human nature to try and spend every penny we have, but we don’t have the space to keep everything, therefore, we have to get rid of things. If councils aren’t willing or able to provide adequate disposal areas, then humans will throw their rubbish as far away from home as possible. We don’t want to throw things in a different area, but we must, and you’d make someone else’s home dirty before your own house.
With the launch of “Fresh-Air-Friday”, PAL Hire and its staff have agreed to spend an hour every Friday cleaning the local community. This is where staff spend 40 hours of their week, and some live locally, so Fresh-Air-Friday is an excellent initiative designed to make the area look cleaner and smell nicer, which will be appreciated by the community.
For PAL Hire to be able to introduce such an initiative, there would first have to be individuals who litter, or fly-tip. Fly tipping is the act of illegally depositing waste onto land that does not have a licence to accept it and could be as small as leaving a bag full of rubbish at the end of the street.
Fresh-Air-Friday is partly to make the local area cleaner, but also encourages staff to create their own initiatives in their own areas and collectively making Manchester a cleaner, nicer place to live. PAL Hire encourages you to create your own Fresh-Air-Friday and together we can make the UK a better place.