What is your Pet Hate?

We all have certain nuances in our lives that irk us to the extremes and no matter how we try to justify other people’s actions we fail to understand why they do what they do. Do they have no understanding that it is wrong or is it the usual attitude “it’s not my problem”.

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We could all adopt that philosophy and attitude to life but sadly it does not resolve the problem.

Convenient place to dump rubbish

I live in the heart of the countryside in an area of outstanding natural beauty and I feel blessed to have nature around me. Every morning I draw back my bedroom curtains and gaze in awe at the green and pleasant land before me.

I start my day with hope in my heart that everyone embraces the start of a new day as I do with excitement and expectation.

How delusional can I be? Within half a mile of leaving my delightful surroundings I suddenly realise that not everyone feels the same.

It is unfortunate that there are irresponsible, mindless individuals with a blatant disregard for our environment and for the welfare of wildlife and future generations as they regularly see a green space as a convenient place to ‘DUMP THEIR RUBBISH’.

Under the cover of darkness

Why do they do it? A question I ask myself every time I see a pile of rubble, bricks, plaster, a fridge, mattresses, old beds, settees etc. etc. on the side of the road, in a hedge, piled high in a layby, gateways, woodland anywhere and everywhere except the recycling sites strategically placed around the county with open access to all and at no charge to the general public.

I fail to understand their logic as to why they take the time to load the offending objects onto a vehicle to travel miles, usually under the cover of darkness, to dump their rubbish instead of taking it to the recycling centre the next day.

I am tired of picking up fast food cartons, paper bags, empty bottles, cans and other unseemly objects from the grass verge fronting my property. How convenient it is to the offenders to just open the car window and throw it out!

Fly tipping is illegal

It doesn’t matter how small or how large it may be, a sweet wrapper to an unwanted kitchen cupboard, think responsibly and dispose of it thoughtfully and legally in the designated place…A REFUSE BIN OR A RECYCLING SITE.

Fly tipping is the illegal deposit of waste on land contrary to Section 33(1) (a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Landowners/farmers are liable for any waste that is fly-tipped on their land and can be prosecuted if they do not clear it away, often at a huge cost to their business. The waste poses a risk to livestock, wildlife and the environment.

There is no definitive answer to the escalating problem apart from penalising the offenders, if you can catch them, unfortunately this will not deter them as they will just dump their rubbish somewhere else. We need to look to the future and continue to educate the younger generations, encourage them to take more responsibility, learn to respect their environment and help to preserve it as they are the ones who will be living in it.