Picture it. Its Saturday afternoon, it’s sunny, it’s a beautiful day, and my partner and I decided to take the dog for a walk. We put Kenny (our dog) on his lead and set off. We only get 200 meters down the road when I have to turn back to get some garbage bags. In total, on our 4km walk, we filled 2 bags with garbage, and to be honest, we weren’t able to collect everything.
There was a good mix of rubbish, but the main contributors were:
– Water Bottles
– McDonald’s and Hungry Jacks wrappers
– Confectionary wrappers
– Cigarette packets
– Drink Cans
– Coffee cups
This made me really sad because more than half of these things can be recycled, but things can only be recycled if they end up in the recycling. Not to mention the fact that most of this packaging is completely unnecessary in the first place.
But there is hope for the world yet because I’m going to keep doing this, and I would like to ask you all to join me. If you see some rubbish on the ground, pick it up and dispose of it the best way you can. I would never advocate for landfill, but if its a choice between a landfill and straight into the waterways – well, – you see where I am going with this. We can’t control everything, but we can control our actions, lets clean up, let’s lead by example and show others that we love this planet and that we should respect it.
I also think that we should be writing to our council and trying to deal with this on a bigger level AND we should work with companies to reduce the amount of plastic in food options by voting with our dollar, but baby steps, right?