Sunday, 19 November 2017

‘We need to educate people about litter’

A WOMAN who litter-picks around Henley says people need to be taught not to drop rubbish.

A WOMAN who litter-picks around Henley says people need to be taught not to drop rubbish.

Susan Young, 63, spent six hours removing litter from Gillotts Lane and a section of Greys Road, collecting a total of nine 70-litre compost bags of rubbish.

It was the first time she had carried out a litter-pick since last June when she fell off a ladder and broke her back.

She was in hospital for two weeks and is still recovering.

“I’ve just finished my physio but it’s never going to be the same again,” said Mrs Young. “I can’t do anything like I used to but at least I’m not in a wheelchair. I am very lucky because I have been given a second chance.”

She said the litter problem was just as bad as it was before her accident.

“It’s all the usual things — cans and general debris that people throw out of their cars rather than having a bag in the car,” said Mrs Young.

“Some of it was quite old and rusty so it had been there for a while.”

Mrs Young, a retired cashier who lives in St Mary’s Close with her husband, Dereck, a retired air traffic engineer, has been picking up other people’s litter for about 35 years and usually has three blitzes a year.

“It gets on my nerves when I see litter — I can’t stand it,” she said. “It’s such an eyesore, particularly in our beautiful area. I do my bit and hope I make a small difference and I think more people should do community work.

“There must be a lot of unemployed people who could help pick litter. Even if it was for an hour a week it would make a difference but people don’t see why they should have to pick up other people’s litter.

“I think this is an attitude all over the country. We need a bit of education.”

She noticed that fresh litter has already been dropped along the route that she cleared.

Mrs Young said: “It’s a bit disheartening because it looks so nice when I’ve done it but a few days later the first cans arrive and then the next ones and it goes on and on.”

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