May 21: Wrong lesson to take from littering outside the school

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From: John Springer, Ivy Bank Close, Ingbirchworth, Sheffield.

I CANNOT really work out how Neil McNicholas (The Yorkshire Post, May 18) supposed that forcing the headteacher of his local school to accept a bag of rubbish dropped by children in the care and custody of their parents was either right and proper or likely to force the parents to discipline their children.

Surely he should have given each parent a little bag? He could even, as I did when leading an Eagle/YHA tour in Whitby in 1968, picked up the wrapper and given it to the child to ask mummy or daddy to keep it safe for him because they had paid for it and it was his.

I wonder if he thought to ask the head if he could have a look round the school as soon as all the children had left the premises?

Had he done so, he could well have discovered that all the teachers had, as had I and most other teachers I knew, made sure the children picked up and binned all bits of rubbish before dismissing them.

In doing this I was merely following not only the lead of my first teacher when I entered infants’ class in 1934 but of most of those who taught me until I left school in 1948.

Wouldn’t it be lovely if there really were a carry-over effect?

From: Samuel J Moore, Cornholme Terrace, Todmorden.

I WORK as a volunteer at two Yorkshire Wildlife Trust sites. I used to volunteer at a lake just over the border in Lancashire. Plenty of this is litter picking.

How about my getting paid a good wage for doing this instead of having to volunteer my services for no pay? Litterers could be caught and severely fined to cover my, and many others’ wages. When the criminals stop littering there will be no income from fines to pay our wages... but then there will be no need for us to pick up the litter that isn’t being dropped will there? Money-where-mouth-is time. Stop expecting us to do it for nothing; that makes the authorities as bad as those littering.

The laws making littering an offence have existed for a very long time. So how about enforcing them? Let’s see, 2.5 million pieces of litter, fined at £100 each that would make around £250,000,000, give or take a bit for multiple offenders and those escaping justice.

It is time for action on this as it was many years ago; that is why its neglect has led us to this dire situation.

Money-where-mouth-is time was a long time ago.