Litter Picks around Swindon

***Plastic Free Swindon can now be found at https://plasticfreeswindon.org*** Litter picks are important for many reasons.  Waste, a large amount of it plastic, negatively affects local communities.  It is a blot on the landscape and, often, unhygienic.  It causes suffering for wildlife, such as birds who get caught up in it.  I have seen several examples of this locally including a swan who had partially swallowed some fishing line with a syringe attached, and pigeons with deformities from getting tangled in waste.  Picking up litter helps challenge the normalised culture of littering.  It is shown in practise to reduce the amount of litter that is dropped.  Hence it forms part of our campaign to educate and work together in order to reduce plastic pollution. We started the Plastic Free Swindon campaign for Plastic Free July in 2018 with a joint litter picker in Pinehurst with RSPCA North Wiltshire.  This was[…]

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Swindon Street Reps Supporting Plastic Free Swindon

***Plastic Free Swindon can now be found at https://plasticfreeswindon.org*** Swindon Street Reps are a group of volunteers who are passionate about making a difference in their local community. Started in 2015 by Swindon Borough Council Housing as a way of engaging tenants and residents in better communication with the council, the role evolved into a more active and diverse range of activities. One of the first and on going activities Street Reps engaged in was community litter picks. Litter is a real issue on the estates, especially off the main roads where it may be missed by clean up crews. Litter causes many issues to the environmental well being of both people and wildlife, plastic especially as it doesn’t break down. Street Reps sought to tackle this by running ‘litter pick parties’ where a group would focus on a few streets at a time and clean the area. They would[…]

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RSPCA – Problems of human waste for animals and support for the Plastic Free Swindon campaign

***Plastic Free Swindon can now be found at https://plasticfreeswindon.org*** RSPCA North Wilts is just one of the organisations backing Swindon Climate Action Network this month, in their Plastic Free Swindon campaign. Plastic and other waste products pose a very real threat to wildlife, birds and other animals, creating a serious issue for local animal charities like RSPCA North Wiltshire. Nationally, the RSPCA receives more than 5,000 calls a year about animals affected by litter. Spokesperson for Swindon’s local branch Katie North tells us “We are thrilled to get behind SCAN to raise awareness on this really important issue. I don’t think many people realise just how big the problem of littering is in terms of the threat it causes to wildlife and other animals”. Everyday objects that may seem perfectly safe, if found accidentally by animals can be very hazardous when not disposed of correctly. Plastic waste like carrier bags[…]

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