Monday, February 28, 2011

Do not drop litter when travelling

(For the 26th of February)

Seashell, France
Photograph by Philippe Bourseiller
UK domestic waste now goes to different destinations, depending on where you live and the type of waste. London exports 70% of its municipal waste to other places for treatment or disposal and the majority of solid waste still goes to landfills. Across the country the average rate of recycling is 31%. However, this is not the case everywhere. Worldwide only 20% of household waste is treated in one of these ways. In some poor countries, rubbish bins are rare or altogether absent.

Do not drop your litter just anywhere - especially if you are on an excursion - even if the environment already appears to be dirty or strewn with dumped waste. Take your litter back to where you are staying and dispose it off properly.
- from the book '365 Ways to Save the Earth', by Philippe Bourseiller

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