GOOD on Margaret Mountford (best know for working with Lord Sugar on The Apprentice as his right-hand woman) for her early-morning BBC One programme Don’t Mess With Me, pertaining to the country’s litter louts.
They cost taxpayers £1bn each year in clearing up the 30 million tons of rubbish they drop, with no regard for the environment around us – in doing so, creating a social headache.
Probably South Shields’ litter problem is no better or worse than any other town or city – though if more councils imposed a fine for people dropping litter on our streets, hitting them in the pocket, it could help matters, as would screening this programme in our schools during or after assembly.
Of course, as we live in a fast food throwaway society it’s always going to be an uphill struggle.
Interestingly, Margaret suggested that if everyone who watched her programme picked up just one piece of litter and put it in the bin, over five days (presuming one and a half million viewers tuned in) there would be seven and a half million pieces of litter binned!