Or perhaps we should make the observation that collecting rubbish less often in order to promote recycling increases littering. This is most certainly true of flytipping – the more restrictions are placed upon disposing of bulk waste the more of it gets dumped in the countryside. Incentives do, after all, matter. This holds over to more general littering as well.
The Guardian offers us a complaint about how messy the country is:
While littering of the oceans is now at the forefront of public concern, general littering of the countryside and communities is barely on the national radar. Yet the amount of “eyesore” litter, not just plastic, is increasing exponentially on roadsides, in rivers, in public spaces and in the countryside and has a hugely negative impact on people’s lives.
This thus requires a national strategy, blah, blah, blah. Yet we do get a pipsqueak of the real problem here:
Rubbish collection, or lack of it, compounds the problem. Bins for public use are relatively scarce, and litter collection is less frequent as councils simultaneously promote recycling and cut budgets. Uncollected, rubbish blows around, and once an area is strewn with litter it attracts even more. If an area is kept clean, less litter is dropped.
Yep, the councils empty the bins less often in order to promote recycling and this leads to more litter. There is one little problem here:
Ros Coward is a professor of journalism at Roehampton University
Trust someone who teaches journalism to bury the lede. But then calling Roehampton a university, a place that has professors, is rather to contribute to the litter problem, isn’t it?