An unsavoury harvest

The roadside harvest on a short walk along a rural road

The roadside harvest on a short walk along a rural road

THE Happy Moonraker and Tilly the dog decided to take some action themselves instead of waiting for the council to do any clearing up.

We set off one sunny afternoon with a plastic bag and a pair of gardening gloves. Look at the photo to see what we collected.

It’s rather sad, isn’t it? A collection of rubbish, almost all of it food or drink related, dumped out of vehicle windows on a short stretch of narrow, rural unclassified road.

Smokers who buy packs of 20 don’t seem to chuck the empty packets out of their windows, but those who smoke packs of 10 do. What does that tell us?

It tells me, at least, that perhaps if cigarettes were not available in 10s, fewer irresponsible young people would start smoking because it would simply be too expensive if they had to buy 20 cigarettes at a time.

According to other evidence in our collection, thirsty people who buy beer and soft drinks can’t bear to keep the empties near them, and snack-and-take-away stuffers obviously prefer not to take their wrappers home.

 

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