With kind permission of the British Newspaper Archives


The scourge of society everywhere and worst than ever in a countryside setting. Some blame the lack of waste bins, some blame a lack of litter clearance – I blame solely those who leave their litter. Following any sunny, warm weekend lots of litter will be found on Monday morning.  I recall this happening in the 1970s but it goes back much further than that. Since the ease of access o the Dove Stone circuit footpath in 1989, the number of visitors has increased and so has the litter.




Even one discarded can will destroy the outlook – place your finger over the top of it and see the difference






Rubbish washed up from the reservoir – but it was originally put in the water by somebody



Quite often there are many discarded shoes and trainers washed up at the overflow. My colleague was taking a group of children on a guided walk when one of the kids spotted the trainers and asked, “Are those trainers from all the people who have drowned in the reservoir?”



This is not Dove Stone. Just to illustrate a point. Before the introduction of the waste bin, the area used to be relatively clear of litter. The bin actually attracted more litter.





Yeoman Hey woods



Outside the Ranger Centre in 1985 – this was how I found it on arrival early one morning


Fly-tipping in a layby within a national park


When littering came to their help – Yorkshire Evening News April 1903 With kind permission of the British News Archives

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