Stamp­ing on the lit­ter bugs

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

GROMENES rightly ar­gues for a bet­ter na­tional strat­egy to over­come our lit­ter prob­lem (April 19), but sug­gest­ing that po­lice ac­tion will help misses the mark. Peo­ple sim­ply throw things out of their cars or drop them in the street and we can’t have po­lice po­si­tioned out­side ev­ery take­away and along ev­ery road. It’s in­evitable that only a tiny mi­nor­ity will be pros­e­cuted and when they are, a rel­a­tively small fine is no de­ter­rent. So how do we deal with an of­fence of this na­ture? Only by mak­ing the con­se­quences so aw­ful that they will never do it again and pub­li­cis­ing this penalty.

Con­victed of­fend­ers should be re­quired to spend a large num­ber of non-work days pick­ing up lit­ter in the lo­ca­tion in which they of­fended. They don’t need to be su­per­vised, they merely have to pro­duce their col­lected lit­ter for in­spec­tion at the end of each day. If some­one from Lon­don is con­victed of throw­ing a beer can out of his car win­dow in Boo­tle, Mersey­side, he will have to go to Boo­tle, per­haps ev­ery Sun­day,

Afor two months and walk the roads for eight hours col­lect­ing lit­ter. Dick Rus­sell, Berk­shire

AGROMENES’S anal­y­sis of the lit­ter blight omit­ted one ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to the prob­lem in ru­ral and ur­ban ar­eas—re­cy­cling trucks with in­ef­fec­tual nets, dis­charg­ing their con­tents onto roads and into hedgerows, are be­com­ing a very com­mon sight. Would a tax on th­ese com­pa­nies not pro­vide an in­come for lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to help clean up our lit­ter-strewn coun­try­side? Adrian Thorne, Buck­ing­hamshire

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