I don’t understand why people don’t take their rubbish home…

On Saturday 20th April 2019 we took part in our 2nd Berkshire Walkers litter pick.  Our first one was back in October 2018 around Theale and was a great success.  So we decided to host another one in conjunction with the ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ campaign which is currently running from 22nd March 2019 to 23rd April 2019 and being run by the ‘Daily Mail’ newspaper. 

We were lucky enough to be joined by a Photographer from the Daily Mail newspaper too – he must have taken hundreds of pictures!  So keep your eyes open as some of our photos which may appear in their articles.

This time I decided to hold our litter pick event around the village of Spencers Wood near Reading to help battle the problem of discarded litter we find on our walks and along footpaths. 

We are seeing more and more litter being discarded along our footpaths these days.  Firstly it’s unsightly and secondly it’s dangerous to animals.  Why can’t people just put their litter into bins or even take it home with them…

On this very sunny Saturday morning we had 8 eager litter collectors part take in our walk from the Park and Ride in Spencers Wood.  Amazingly we nearly filled 2 bags of rubbish even before we left the car park!  We could have done our litter pick just in the car park but we headed out to the local footpaths!

Some of the litter that we collected ranged from empty drinks cans, plenty of plastic bottles, discarded food packaging (plenty of single use Coffee cups), cigarette butts and even items of clothing! (We found a jumper, leggings, socks and even someone’s discarded underwear…)  All stuff that should be put into a bin (or kept on) and not chucked into the nearest hedge or verge!

As we meandered our way along our walk we were picking up discarded dog poo bags.  You have spent the time picking up…why not take it home instead of throwing it into the nearest bush. 

The further away we got from the built up areas we noticed the quantity of litter decreasing but as we headed back towards civilisation we noticed the quantity of litter starting to increase again unfortunately.  We could have been out all day collecting discarded rubbish and still not have picked it all up!

I’m very pleased to say there are now parts of Spencers Wood which is a little bit clearer of litter thanks for the efforts of all these wonderful people who took their time and effort into helping to tidy up a small part of our countryside.

Always remember to take your rubbish home with you.  As a regular member of our group always says ‘You should leave the countryside as you found it!’

I’m pleased to say that 7 full bags of unthoughtful peoples discarded rubbish has been collected today and safely deposited to my local dump to be disposed of in the correct way.

Jason Owen
Publicity Officer
Berkshire Walkers