There is something particularly annoying about littering. I think it just seems such an unnecessary blight on our landscapes and communities.
Everyone can imagine being caught unawares by a sudden gust of wind or an absent-minded mishap, but generally we have the choice: drop litter or don’t drop litter. It seems a simple one to me.
Litter can have such a serious impact on our quality of life, the pride we feel in our local environment and the wildlife that we enjoy.
I feel a particular responsibility for the chalk streams in our constituency, which are so rare and provide amazing havens of biodiversity that have a crucial role in our local ecosystem and natural environment. They face a relentless battle for survival that is made even more challenging by persistent littering, which is attributed to 60% of water pollution in this country.
It seems as though it has gradually become more acceptable for people to litter. The Keep Britain Tidy campaign reported that over 30 million tonnes of litter are…