|Author: John Riches||Published: 23rd July 2017 20:23|
Roadside rubbish near Abthorpe.
Recent photographs of the beaches of an uninhabited island in the South Pacific strewn with plastic junk have caused great concern. Recent photographs of the roadside verges in South Northamptonshire strewn with plastic junk have caused similar concern.
The roadside verges round Abthorpe have now been cut. Very quickly a great deal of junk has been lobbed from passing vehicles onto the newly mown verges. There are cardboard food and drink containers, paper sweet and cigarette packets, aluminium and steel drinks cans and a profusion of plastic containers and drinks bottles. Unless it is removed, as the grass grows much of the junk will be enveloped. Despite the council’s efforts to clear it the next time the verges are mown the junk will be desiccated. The biodegradable paper and cardboard will quickly rot away but the small fragments of steel, aluminium and plastic are likely to take centuries before they are no longer a threat to nature and mankind.
We should be concerned that we are storing up problems for future generations. As most of the rubbish seems to come from local fast food outlets surely they have a responsibility to ensure that especially the steel, aluminium and plastic is recycled or replaced with biodegradable materials? Unless we all do something, future generations will find the verges of our beautiful country lanes carpeted with thick layers of metal and plastic fragments.