We commend those dedicated volunteers who give up their own time to take part in litter-picking sessions across our area.
It speaks volumes that there are still people who care enough about their local environment to go out in all weathers and collect the mess left behind by others.
In an ideal world, we would all clean up after ourselves. But the amount of rubbish found on our beaches in particular proves that too many of us appear to be happy to leave the dirty work to others.
When it comes to the syringes found washed up on the shore at Lee-on-the-Solent, there’s clearly a safety issue at stake as well.
Graham Smith found two discarded needles on a recent sweep of the area and he knows others who have had similar finds.
While it is impossible to tell whether the syringes had been washed up or dumped there on purpose, one thing is certain – needles do not belong on our beaches.
There are well-established ways of disposing of needles properly and no excuses for ignoring the official advice.
It would be impossible for local authorities and volunteers to carry out patrols regularly enough to stamp out this problem altogether. That’s precisely why users must be more responsible.
All of us have a duty to do the right thing when it comes to dealing with our litter.
Rubbish can be harmful to wildlife and spoils the scene for others.
Dumping food wrappers, drink bottles or anything else on the street, beach or park is selfish in the extreme.
It takes no effort to put these items in the bin – and that’s where we can expect our councils to perhaps do a bit more.
Many people complain that they can never find a bin when they need one. Many more get cross when they find the only nearby bin already overflowing. How can we expect people to act responsibly if we don’t give them the tools needed to do the job?
More bins around our seafronts wouldn’t stop litter from washing up on the shore, but it might make someone think twice about tossing their own rubbish to one side.