Sunday, 25 March 2012

What are your children doing at the park?

We took the kids to the park by Windmill School yesterday for half an hour and I was surprised by the amount of rubbish everywhere.

While we were at the park, myself and one of my sons decided to pick up as much of the rubbish as we could in and around the park.  And we picked up a lot of rubbish.  Cans, bottles, chip wrappers, ice cream wrappers, sweet and chocolate wrappers - we could have filled a couple of bin bags with what was in the bark, let alone what was on the grass around it.

While we were there a young lad emptied a bottle of something over the end of the slide to try and clean off the sticky stuff that had already been left all over the slide and then chucked the bottle on the floor.  I explained that we had just been cleaning up the park and asked him who he thought was going to clean up his rubbish.  His answer: "Dunno ... councillors"?

I asked him to put the bottle in the bin several times and to be fair to him, he did pick it up and was going to throw it in the bin until one of his friends took it off him and chucked it on the grass again.  In the end my son picked it up and put it in the bin, a 9 year old setting an example to the 12 year old litter lout.