LITTER: Put rubbish in the bin

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I remember reading a couple of letters in the News Guardian in late June by George Salmon and JG Paintin regarding litter. I wholeheartedly agree with them that it is your own responsibility to take care of such things. This brings me to my subject on litter.

During the school summer holidays, at the corner of Preston Road and Malvern Road, Bradburn Gardens, the rear of the Harvester Pub, the rear of Morrisons fuel depot and all the way along to the supermarket, the hedges, grassed areas and pathways have been free of plastic drink bottles, aluminium drink cans, food containers, food wrappers and food scraps.

I think it’s a safe bet for me to say that some of the schoolchildren who purchase such things believe that although they have used these things, it’s not their responsibility to deposit the rubbish in a bin.

As far as I can work out, they must believe someone else picks up litter after them.

When are parents, teachers and even the council going to put strategies into place to teach these children that they have a responsibility to the community, and not leave it up to a voluntary group of mature residents to clean up every Saturday morning?

WB Henry

North Shields