A two part problem.
One of the problems with working to change society for the better, is that many of the decision makers only ever read other peoples reports, but never get to see just what goes on at a street level.
Well that’s what happens when you get an elitist educated set of politicians who never walk anywhere on a very regular basis.
One of the rough sleepers I talked with the other day told me that some of the money he begs for has to go towards buying bottled water.
This is a result of no public drinking fountains, which were one of the many public facilities which we used to have in many towns during an earlier era.
Is it any wonder that so many people wonder why they are surrounded by plastic waste, which is in turn compounded by the lack of recycling facilities?
Thus we all spend a lot of public money getting our pavements cleaned, and end up with more plastic waste which gets in to our rivers and so in to the sea.
A two part solution.
It would be better if ALL plastic bottles had a depot it on them.
Then those who are rough sleepers could make a little money by collecting the ones which have been thrown away on the streets.
Done in the right way it could be part of a self organised income scheme which would clean up our environment.
So it would be a win win scheme, especially as it would be self financing.
What we do urgently need are more public drinking fountains,
Access to clean drinking water is a basic Human Right.
It is not just another commodity to be bought or sold.