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    Quick trip to the park today. Found a bag of rubbish that someone seemed to have collected and tied up, but then it was just sitting by the side of the road. My young carers' charity is doing a fundraising round where all the volunteers are doing "100 something" in the run up to young carers' action day on 16th March. 100 squats every day, 100 cello pieces played, etc. We've said we'll collect 100 pieces of rubbish. So I counted today and we found 31 pieces (with the large bag of pre-collected rubbish counting as one piece). If anyone would like to make a donation to the charity, please PM me and I'll send the justgiving link.

    Total litter picking expeditions to date: 32
    Total bags of rubbish collected to date: 47
    Money found to date: GBP 1.03.

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      Went litter picking with my mum at lunchtime. Often people say thank you when they see me litter picking. Sometimes though, like today, people see me litter picking and decide to launch into a tirade about how terrible humanity is and everyone is awful for chucking fast food litter out of their car windows and I shouldn't have to litter pick. I tend to nod benignly and move away as fast as possible. On Sunday, a man tried to recruit me for the communal litter pick that takes place in the local park. Again, I smiled benignly, but will not be joining the group as a) they meet at 9am on Saturdays, what type of masochists are they? b) we're in the middle of a pandemic, nobody should really be doing anything in a group and c) what is wrong with just using my litter picker whenever I leave the house, why does it need to be "organised"?

      Anyway, me and my mum collected three large bags of litter today. Mostly cans, bottles, cups, etc from a little wooded area on the way to the nature park where people obviously gather and drink away their sorrows.

      But, the stand out find for today was a wallet complete with lots of cards. It had been buried for some time and was very muddy so I brought it home and washed it to see if I could make out the owner's name. I was considering posting on Facebook to see if anyone knew the owner, but am very glad of the fact that I googled the name first. It turns out that the owner's brother was jailed for six years for assaulting him in 2019 and the owner died (of unrelated reasons) while the brother was awaiting trial. I tried ringing the local police line to see if they'd take the wallet off my hands, but they won't. They suggest posting the individual cards back to the various institutions that issued them. Which is quite a lot of faff, but I may have to do it.

      Total litter picking expeditions to date: 33
      Total bags of rubbish collected to date: 50
      Money found to date: GBP 1.03.

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        Originally posted by Balderdasha View Post
        . On Sunday, a man tried to recruit me for the communal litter pick that takes place in the local park. Again, I smiled benignly, but will not be joining the group as a) they meet at 9am on Saturdays, what type of masochists are they? b) we're in the middle of a pandemic, nobody should really be doing anything in a group and c) what is wrong with just using my litter picker whenever I leave the house, why does it need to be "organised"?
        a) I'm up at 6 or before every day: mornings are fab. But horses for courses
        b) true up to a point but but masks etc
        c) the more the better? Gets people involved, community spirit, chance to meet people (distancing).


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          Originally posted by Balderdasha View Post
          . I tried ringing the local police line to see if they'd take the wallet off my hands, but they won't. They suggest posting the individual cards back to the various institutions that issued them. Which is quite a lot of faff, but I may have to do it.
          Or you could just cut the cards up and chuck the bits in a bin. Which is all the banks would do anyway.

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            Originally posted by Patrick Thistle View Post

            Or you could just cut the cards up and chuck the bits in a bin. Which is all the banks would do anyway.
            This. The cards will already have been cancelled so just cut them up and bin them.

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              Taking the kids to school this morning I noticed a big increase in probably related rubbish on the route (I don't like to make assumptions but there are now far more snack wrappers, coffee cups and cigarette butts along the path many families walk to the school). I didn't have my litter picker with me then so I went back for twenty minutes at lunchtime and collected 144 individual pieces of rubbish (I'm currently counting pieces for the young carers' sponsorship event).

              Total litter picking expeditions to date: 34
              Total bags of rubbish collected to date: 51
              Money found to date: GBP 1.03.
              Last edited by Balderdasha; 10-03-2021, 14:41.

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                Horrible weather today. But picked a bag of rubbish on the way to and from collecting the kids from school. Strangest finds were a burgundy face cloth / flannel and an empty pizza box on the school grounds.

                Total litter picking expeditions to date: 35
                Total bags of rubbish collected to date: 52
                Money found to date: GBP 1.03.

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                  My eyes are always drawn to the GBP total on these posts. hasn't gone up much/quickly, has it?

                  I once found a 20 and decided I'd put it on my week's football bets and donate the winnings. Nowt won, so I donated a 20 instead.

                  My only other 'free money' experience involved changing an extra fiver in Bergen on our ridiculously poorly thought out 'Europe on GBP 10 a day' interrail in 1982...starting in Scandinavia. The bank clerk gave us GBP 50 worth which I spotted right away and fled the scene. We had a restaurant meal (not posh, chicken/chips kinda thing, no drink) and bought some snacks for the overnight train to Oslo. And it was all gone.

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                    Originally posted by Felicity, I guess so View Post
                    My eyes are always drawn to the GBP total on these posts. hasn't gone up much/quickly, has it?

                    I once found a 20 and decided I'd put it on my week's football bets and donate the winnings. Nowt won, so I donated a 20 instead.

                    My only other 'free money' experience involved changing an extra fiver in Bergen on our ridiculously poorly thought out 'Europe on GBP 10 a day' interrail in 1982...starting in Scandinavia. The bank clerk gave us GBP 50 worth which I spotted right away and fled the scene. We had a restaurant meal (not posh, chicken/chips kinda thing, no drink) and bought some snacks for the overnight train to Oslo. And it was all gone.

                    When I was on my way to Chelsea's league title victory parade in 2005 I lost a 20 quid note. Money was particularly tight at the time and the experience really took the edge off of the day for me. But even leaving aside the event and the financial context, just losing some money really pissed me off and I thought I'd probably need to find a 20 quid note to restore the cosmic balance.

                    Fat chance.

                    Scroll forward 10 years or so and I've just left my house and I'm walking to the bus stop on the way to work one morning, when a 20 quid note and a tenner are gently being blown down the road towards me, propelled by a celestial breath.

                    A few days later I found another tenner.

                    Scroll forward another couple of years and I give my son a 20 quid note for a haircut, which he manages to lose in the 100 yard walk from handover to hairdressers.

                    It's a roller-coaster, this banknote cosmic balance thing.

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                      It's bin day today, in the middle of a horrendous storm (see the weather thread). There is rubbish strewn everywhere. Not really the fault of the bin men (what's the gender neutral term for that? Sanitation officers?) as I imagine every time they opened a bin today, the wind will have whipped off the top layer before they could do anything about it. I'm currently too traumatised by sideways hail in my face to consider going outside again today, but there'll certainly be a lot of rubbish to collect this week.

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                        Haven't been litter picking for a while. Got out of the habit with not having the kids at home to take out at lunchtime and then the AZ vaccine knocked me out for a few days. But back on the horse today and collected two bags just in the local park. We also did a bit of magnet fishing which is sort of like litter picking but only metal stuff out of the river. Found some large nails, a rusted tool that looks like it's some sort of specialised spanner and a penny.

                        Total litter picking expeditions to date: 36 Total bags of rubbish collected to date: 54
                        Money found to date: GBP 1.04.

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                          Magnet fishing sounds more like treasure hunting

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                            Well Balders did find a penny.

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                              I bought myself a 'litter grabber' thingy. We have a lot of trash that ends up blowing into our backyard (it's windy here, shock!) and I'm annoyed by a spot down the street where trash collects in the overgrown green space between our development and the one next to us, so it has already been useful.

                              Most items so far have been bits of plastic (many candy wrappers) and plastic bags, though the 'green space' is apparently a favorite location for somebody tossing their liquor bottles. (Fireball or similar.) Found one rubberized steering wheel cover and one shitty amazon plastic bag mailer that got stuck back in the bushes a month or so ago, so it isn't always small items.

                              Small steps.

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                                Latest "odd trash" I've spotted on my dog walks: three soft shoe inserts, all right-footed, sitting in a bush.

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                                  Just putting this here in case it appeals to anyone to pick litter in support of the charity where I work:

                                  Plog for Red Balloon Day - 6th May 2021* - Red Balloon Learner Centres

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                                    Went litter picking today and yesterday with the family. Collected two large bags of rubbish yesterday. Today it was really windy, so after I'd collected half a bag of rubbish, the wind caught it and emptied it again. I recollected it all, but then called it a day and just put it in the nearest bin.

                                    Total litter picking expeditions to date: 38
                                    Total bags of rubbish collected to date: 57
                                    Money found to date: GBP 1.04.

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