I have just returned from the monthly litter-pick organised by volunteers of Brightening up Bridlington.
This month we decided to spend an hour in Old Town. While my colleagues tackled the streets (and collected seven bags of rubbish) I chose to ‘pick’ the area of the Scarborough Road roundabout and Stepney Park.
It is evident that a regular dog walker who uses the park cleans up after their dog, but then just drops the black plastic bag on the grass and walks away. I lost count after 37 bags, and am not sure that even then I collected them all. Usually we arrange with the Street Scene Team to leave the bags in a convenient place near a litter bin for them to collect afterwards. On this occasion we alerted them that I felt it safer to leave this potentially hazardous waste at the entrance to Stepney Park.
Dog mess can contain a variety of parasites that live in the soil for up to three years and therefore infect other dogs.
Some, such as toxocara canis, are potentially damaging to humans, especially eyesight.
It is very concerning that this owner may not take care to worm their dog regularly and is therefore putting so many people and pets at risk.
They should also remember that plastic takes a very long time to degrade; but perhaps this person is unaware of David Attenborough’s campaign about the dangers of plastic or thinks it only matters if it is in the sea.