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Covid Watch 74: Face mask litter menace – it’s a worldwide problem and it’s getting a problem in Ludlow

Another day walking the dog. Another encounter with a discarded single-use facemask. Masks are scattered onto verges. They are dropped on roadside. Shoved into hedges. I encounter this potentially dangerous waste when walking my collie. There have been several around the Co-op on Foldgate Lane over the last couple of weeks. People leaving stores simply discard their single use masks, leaving someone else to clean up the mess. That is despite there being plenty of litter bins. I am appalled by this behaviour. Dropping litter is a horrid, antisocial habit. Face masks could be dangerous and harbour Covid-19 Dropping a face mask in a residential street could lead it being picked up by a child wanting to play with it. If a mask is dropped accidentally, its owner should pick it up. Better still people should wear reusable, washable face masks.

Meet Ben who picks litter on the Titterstone Clee – he’s a border collie (with video)

I’m having a break with my family for a few days. We have been visiting our beautiful countryside. But everywhere we go, townscapes and landscapes are blighted by litter. We hate it. Everyone hates it. We were up on the Titterstone Clee today. There we met Colin, Chris and Ben, three volunteer litter pickers. It was great to see them. Ben, who picks up the bottles and cans from difficult slopes, is a border collie. Watch him collect a plastic water bottle in this video.

When the wind blows, streets are littered with recycling – but Shropshire Council refuses simple solutions

The wind has been blowing hard since yesterday afternoon. Today is recycling day for parts of Ludlow and many other areas. And once again, we are seeing the all too familiar scene of plastics and tins being blown from the recycling boxes and littering the streets. What is Shropshire Council planning to do about this? Absolutely nothing.

We are all cheering after Network Rail cleared litter from railway embankments in Ludlow. The action came on 20 June, after the Ludlow Advertiser featured the problem on its front page and after councillors and residents lobbied Network Rail for its removal. I am pleased that the rail company has cleared the litter before the height of the tourist season. The rail line had become an eyesore with bottles and cans strewn above the tunnel at the rail station and along the embankment at Sheet Road. Now the litter has been cleared, I hope that Network Rail will keep the line neat and tidy. Thousands of tourists come to Ludlow by rail. It would be terrible if their first sight of the town is a dirty railway. Sheet Road before clearance Sheet Road after clearance

Its bank holiday weekend, and I am ashamed of how dirty our town has become. Fly-tipping is growing after the Coder Road recycling centre was shut down despite overwhelming opposition to the move. In recent days, we’ve had a pile of fly-tipped debris removed from Back Lane between the Racecourse and Onibury. But anything dumped on private land is not Shropshire Council’s responsibility. The costs for this removal falls on the landowner or tenant – that’s why the council is not sweating over costs it might incur from the Coder Road closure. And that is why there is still fly-tipped rubbish and office equipment along Back Lane. There is a huge problem with litter and fly-tipping on Network Rail land in and around Ludlow. Tracey Huffer, Viv Parry and myself are pressing the company to meet its legal obligations to keep the land it owns free of litter. The community relations manager for Network Rail told us: “Litter and fly tipping is a perennial issue for is and I would like to assure you that plenty of effort and resource goes into keeping our railway tidy.” Can you see any evidence of that happening? Of course not. Network Rail is…

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