It is not yet the start of the Great British Spring Clean; a national campaign to raise awareness about the damage of single-use plastics to wildlife and the environment. But we’ve already made a start to tackle the problem at a hotspot in Dronfield.
Despite efforts to make Mill Lane more attractive as a green corridor adjacent to Dronfield Bottom, it has become a regular dumping ground for fast food waste which spoils the short but interesting nature walk for others. The area beyond Mill Lane, under the railway bridge and between the business units on Callywhite Lane is another problem area.
From the litter collected, we are aware of the source and those responsible, so what should be done about this persistent problem?
Do we need more bins? Should those who sell fast food be more accountable? Would incentives to return packaging either by increased prices or a deposit system make any difference? Should the education system respond? Should there be more policing of this sort of anti-social behaviour?
Let us know your views, or if you would like to join us for the Great British Spring Clean, proposed for Sunday March 31st, please get in touch. Time, date and meeting point to be confirmed. Full litter picking kit will be provided.