Rubbish

by colhum1   May 22, 2012  

Ok I just wanted to canvas peoples opinions on the subject of....
rubbish / litter when out for a ride...

I'm lucky to live in rural Northamptonshire, great lanes etc around me which are frequently used by cyclists in groups as well as individuals.

Too the point....why do some think it's ok to discard their litter into our hedgerows?
Commuting to work (bike, naturally) came up behind a group of 5 chaps
and watched two reach into their back pockets consume a gel and a flapjack,
then chuck the wrappers into the hedge.....

I had to pass comment and asked them to pick it up.... got a stare and a finger!!

So does everyone else think its ok to cycle from town into the sticks and not take your litter home?

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I have always regarded chucking banana skins into fields as OK but nothing non biodegradable...

posted by jforbes004 [7 posts]
22nd May 2012 - 12:21

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+1. Fruit waste is ok, but that's all. I always try and stop gasping for breath long enough to check out the wonderful views when I'm in the sticks, it's sad that some think it's ok to spoil it.

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posted by notfastenough [2607 posts]
22nd May 2012 - 12:48

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Just not acceptable.

posted by Psycling [49 posts]
22nd May 2012 - 12:54

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I find it repulsive regardless of who is doing it, but especially those that skoosh and then hurl their gel packets. I rank it up there with smokers who stand by a bin outside the newsagents and drop their cellophane and silver paper on the ground as they light up.

It doesn't help that you see pro riders lobbing their Bidons during televised rides, but to be fair many of those are collected by fans as souvenirs.

You absolutely should never litter while riding (bio-degradable is an exception, but bear in mind, NIMBY country-folk don't like anything thrown in 'their' hedges or ditches, unless it's an old tractor...) - it came out with you, it should go home with you too.

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posted by andylul [406 posts]
22nd May 2012 - 12:55

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Yep, fruit waste like banana skins or apple cores may look unsightly but do biodegrade and put nutrients back into the surrounding eco-system. But dropping plastic items is not acceptable. It's not as if those plastic wrappers are heavy or take up any room and it's not difficult to keep one pocket for small items of rubbish like that.

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posted by OldRidgeback [1941 posts]
22nd May 2012 - 14:19

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Totallu unacceptable. As for the finger - it just goes to show that there are those among us (cyclists) who are just as anti-social as the most offensive motorists. Not good as it creates resentment that in turn leads to dangerous behaviour towards cyclists.

posted by ryewheeler [8 posts]
22nd May 2012 - 14:34

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Well it appears from these few comments that littering is unacceptable Smile
Even "old tractors" bio-degrade quicker than plastics Thinking

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posted by colhum1 [98 posts]
22nd May 2012 - 14:46

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ryewheeler wrote:
Totallu unacceptable. As for the finger - it just goes to show that there are those among us (cyclists) who are just as anti-social as the most offensive motorists. Not good as it creates resentment that in turn leads to dangerous behaviour towards cyclists.

As was discussed on the club run on Sunday, it's not that 'drivers are wankers' or 'cyclists are wankers'. Wankers are wankers, and they just happen to choose a mode of transport/sporting hobby!

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posted by notfastenough [2607 posts]
22nd May 2012 - 15:32

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gel wrappers sucked dry rolled up and back in the pocket, banana skins lobbed as far as possible into the fields. our club is super hot on no litter. so if you ride around plymouth/dartmoor there is very little litter Smile

posted by russyparkin [550 posts]
22nd May 2012 - 21:02

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I agree with everyone on this.

I was brought up and told that I needed to put my litter in a bin or wait until I found one. My kids follow this without question and they often point out others who aren't.

It always annoys me that people are so lazy that they can't be bothered to bin their litter especially when they are right next to one. Pure ignorance.

I think cyclists are no different here. If it is your rubbish then you need to wait until you find a bin before getting rid. End of.

Biodegradable fruit is an exception though. Good for the animals to have a little snack and good for the soils in the country lanes.

posted by Marauder [235 posts]
22nd May 2012 - 21:35

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dumped inner tubes is the one that gets me cross, I see them all over essex lanes. I saw several on the rapha ride i did earlier in the year, not even an attempt to dispose of them usually, just dumped where they change the inner.
Should start clearing them I suppose =)

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posted by zzgavin [195 posts]
22nd May 2012 - 21:38

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russyparkin wrote:
gel wrappers sucked dry rolled up and back in the pocket, banana skins lobbed as far as possible into the fields. our club is super hot on no litter. so if you ride around plymouth/dartmoor there is very little litter Smile

Nooooo!
Never put gel wrappers back in your pockets - they get everything else horrible and sticky... I always shove mine up the leg of my shorts until I see a convenient bin!

On the plus side, completely agree about Dartmoor. I can name some other local roads that aren't so great though...

posted by CakeEatingMonster [11 posts]
23rd May 2012 - 9:58

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zzgavin wrote:
dumped inner tubes is the one that gets me cross, I see them all over essex lanes. I saw several on the rapha ride i did earlier in the year, not even an attempt to dispose of them usually, just dumped where they change the inner.
Should start clearing them I suppose =)

Jeez. Litter is one thing, but surely that could be dangerous for an animal - would be easy for something to get tangled up/stuck in a tube. Heck, it's not even like they can offer the excuse of struggling to get it back in the pocket at x mph - they were stationary FFS! Angry

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posted by notfastenough [2607 posts]
23rd May 2012 - 13:58

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does anyone know how long it takes for a banana peel to 'return to the earth' or an apple core? Imagine you have 10 cyclists who toss out a banana peel and apple core per cyclist...that's a lot of waste even if it is biodegradable. Better to take it all back home and dispose of properly.

I was taught to 'pack in what you pack out' regardless of a item's biodegradability.

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posted by pepita1 [172 posts]
23rd May 2012 - 14:31

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