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Changing attitudes toward litter is a huge task... have we got the will to do it?

Ian Humphreys


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The war on litter must include education and awareness raising, media campaigns, practical community involvement, as well as, for those who don't heed any of these, enforcement

The war on litter must include education and awareness raising, media campaigns, practical community involvement, as well as, for those who don't heed any of these, enforcement

The war on litter must include education and awareness raising, media campaigns, practical community involvement, as well as, for those who don't heed any of these, enforcement

I am a firm believer that where there is a will there is a way. So the first question we have to ask as a society is: "Do we have the will to take on littering?" It is costing nearly £30m of ratepayers' money every year.

With 45% of the population openly admitting to littering we have quite a task, but it is not one that can be shirked, for to avoid tackling this head-on is to give up on our beautiful streets, parks and beaches, on our quality of life, and, fundamentally, on the people of Northern Ireland.

As we have seen from David Attenborough, littered single use plastic has a disproportionately negative impact not only on our own quality of life, but also on the very survival of marine animals often many miles from the point of origin.


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