Day 13 of my #GBSpringClean was a rather scary experience on the roadside verge of the A390 at St Mewan dip just outside St Austell. The traffic is moving fast here as it escapes the 30mph restriction and enters a dual carriageway on the way to Truro. It is a notorious black spot for RTA’s and every few months one or two cars career off the road at speed into the ditch, often with fatal consequences.
It is also a #litter catch point and on my drive to work I notice it building up until I just have to go and pick it up. I filled a black bag in 20 minutes with the usual food packaging debris, bread bags, takeaway cups, lids, straws, cans, bottles, crisp and sweet wrappers.
Another litter feature appearing on roadsides is bouquets of flowers placed at accident sites in memory of loved ones. I did not interfere with the one I found but it consisted of dead flowers all wrapped in cellophane and just waiting for the wind and rain to spread it around the countryside and become polluting litter. I understand the need to grieve and pay ones’s respects but maybe friends and relatives could plant a flower or tree instead or just leave the bouquets of flowers without the packaging? Just like advertising signs for events pinned to trees and signposts, very few are taken down afterwards by the people who put them there and they all become litter as they decay.
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