Following our return from the Alps, I noticed an entry from Alan Sloman concerning his encounter with some 'Shaming Rubbish'.
Alan was distressed with his failure to remove the offending items.
I've encountered some rubbish myself, on the little circuit around which I cycle most days in a vain attempt to retain some of the fitness gained in the Alps. This is the small lay-by in Gorsey Lane, about half way round my route.
I've thought about following Alan's lead and taking a little away every time I pass. But that's not really practical. Perhaps I should just take a half time break in one of the armchairs, if they aren't too soggy.
Hopefully the council will do something about this, but as the tip is round the corner, and the rubbish has been here for over two weeks, I suspect there may be a bit more to this story.
I commented on Alan's blog that we saw very little litter during our recent Alpine perambulations. This does not mean that litter doesn't exist there. Last year, near the Edel Hut, above Mayrhofen in Austria, we found evidence of litter in the form of this 'NO-LITTERING MEMORIAL' - a huge cairn of litter having been collected by youths in this area in 2004 and 2005. 'Take all your trash home' was the message.
One of our friends from the TGO Challenge, Markus Petter, the Austrian who this year started from three different places, has now revealed what he does for a living during the summer. He has to be both admired and envied. He leads working parties like the one that created the cairn shown above.
Markus reports as follows:
'I´m attaching another photo which shows my working party (all students from Vorarlberg) after the successful removal of weights of old waste from a mountain hut in the Silvretta area at 2,400 metres. I´ve been working for an alpine littering project during the summer time. We´ve been active in many mountain regions in Austria over the last few months.'
Well done, Markus.
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