If you walk past detritus, then you are condoning it

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Zella Compton

The kerbs leading past Southwick to Wickham are covered in detritus, including food wrappings and bottles.

This is surely the work of people who deliberately choose to open their windows and dump trash as they’re driving along

It’s less of a drive in the countryside and more what I would expect of a drive down an urban road, where litter tends to spill from bins however much they’re emptied.

Driving behind the hill is on its way to resembling a drive through a giant rubbish bin.

I’m not sure who drops this litter. Yes, I’ve thrown the odd apple core out of the window and – in past years – a fag butt or two (until I discovered both were illegal).

But I would never have deliberately chucked out vast quantities of plastic or paper.

And I can’t bring myself to believe, looking at the amount of crud, that all those people had ‘accidents’ where something just flew out of the window.

This is surely the work of people who deliberately choose to open their windows and dump trash as they’re driving along.

I know it’s gross to have mouldy wrappings in your car (who hasn’t accidentally stuffed their hand into a banana peel quietly decomposing in the car door pocket, or had their fingers stick to a fur-covered hard-boiled sweet?).

But even so, flinging litter with wild abandon is not on.

Maybe it’s time, for all those who haven’t got the savvy to take a plastic bag and keep it in their car for litter, to put pressure on car manufacturers to provide built-in bins.

Campaign group Keep Britain Tidy has two clean-up days scheduled this Friday and Saturday in which we, the litter-bugging public, are asked to help out.

But I don’t think this is anywhere near enough.

We need to adopt a clean-up day every day if there is any chance of combatting the mess that we’re living in – even if it is sometimes really hard to feel motivated to pick up rubbish when everyone else is walking past.

But by walking past it, we are condoning it being on the ground, and saying to one another that it is okay to walk on by and not pick it up.