LITTER: Tackle issue yourself

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I recently returned to my home town of Blyth to live after a number of years away.

There have been lots of changes since I last lived here, and no doubt about it, the town has improved greatly in many respects.

But it seems there is an element here who do not care and have no respect for their local environment.

Litter is a blight on the town, and recent letters sum up the annoyance and frustration of the matter (News Post Leader, February 9).

I have spoken to a number of people about the litter problem and the usual response was a nod of agreement with a shrug of the shoulders, meaning ‘what can I do?’.

Well I’ll tell you what I do.

I regularly walk around my estate in South Beach, usually with my dog, picking up litter, and if I say so myself, I seem to have made a difference.

I would urge other letter writers to do something about the problems themselves.

I know dumping is perhaps a bigger problem, but if the local community gets together to look at the issues and works on ways to deal with it, perhaps those who cause the problems may at some point have a prick of conscience when they see an area clean and tidy and will start taking their waste to a bin or home with them.

Michael Wallace

Blyth