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How to Clean Up London

July 1, 2019

How to Clean Up London

Modern day London is one of the most polluted capitals in the world. It has led many Londoners to wonder what they would have to do in order to clean up London and make it a bit more habitable. London faces many problems. Many would argue that pollution is not the biggest threat that London faces. Knife crime is another issue that Londoners would like to tackle. It can be hard to determine which is the most pressing priority.

London could easily be cleaned up, but all Londoners need to help. It is about time we considered what we do with all of the waste that we produce. The first thing is to stop throwing away our rubbish and start to recycle much more than we do today. Even the smallest piece of plastic can cause harm once it ends up in the natural environment.

Sadly many Londoners find it hard to put rubbish in the bin. Instead of throwing that polystyrene coffee cup on the ground, start by putting in the bin. There are plenty of bins around London so you really don’t have an excuse at all. If you have something that you think could be recycled, it is important you put in the right bin. Needless to say, you should try to use as many recycled materials as possible. It would be a good idea to favor restaurants and take-aways which allow you to bring in your own containers.

What about fast food or ready-made food? A lot of the non-recyclable waste you find around London comes from food packaging. Busy London workers buy food on their way home and somehow the packaging end up in the wrong place. It could be that many are lazy and simply do not throw things away properly. Increasingly people are beginning to think about how they can reuse plastic items. But, it is about time we said no to the big supermarkets. They are the biggest culprits when it comes to both plastic and food waste. If they seriously wanted to tackle the problem, they easily could do so. Why not ask some of their customers for ideas and put together a competition? In general, the best ideas come from the general population and not from overpriced research centres. 

There are many things you can do in your own home to help stop pollution and waste. You could, for instance, buy a wormery or terrace compost bin. Both items come in handy when it comes to disposing of food and other items which can be composted. A large amount of our waste can be composted and does not need to end up in landfills. Plants, leftover salad and fruit and vegetable peelings can be composted down and reused. Many countries are already doing this. Maybe it is about time, Sadiq Khan took a different approach to deal with the London environmental crisis.