Hard work of keeping Britain green and tidy

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From: Aled Jones, Mount Crescent, Bridlington.

NEVER a week goes by without someone saying “recycling plastic bottles in the home is labour-intensive, time-consuming and downright monotonous”. That’s perfectly right.

No-one enjoys having to rinse and clean containers before squashing them flat and placing them in the blue bin. I certainly don’t.

But we must not lose sight of the environmental benefits. We must not lose sight of the fact that recycling just one plastic bottle conserves enough energy to light a 60w light bulb for up to six hours!

I only wish we had the courage to make home recycling compulsory.

From: David Quarrie, Lynden Way, Acomb, York.

I HAVE just returned from a 13 day holiday cruise of the Baltic Sea visiting parts of Norway, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Germany, Sweden and Russia and the most striking difference between these countries and Britain is the lack of litter.

The first five were all immaculate, pristine, clean, tidy and a joy to behold. The other two were not so good, but infinitely nicer than our nation.

Why is this? Why have we slumped so badly, what has happened to our pride and caring? Somehow we need another Keep Britain Tidy campaign.