Stamping on the litter bugs
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