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Countryside may become victim of increased fines

While it has been described as a challenge similar to climbing Everest, a retired social worker has suggested that dealing with the UKs waste shouldnt be that difficult.

After returning from a litter picking walk on the path leading to Everest Base Camp, Robin Kevan, known affectionately as Rob the Rubbish believes the issue could be a lot simpler.

He said: I am worried about councils charging and fining people as this may just lead to increased fly-tipping. Getting rid of waste has to be easy and councils must make it easy.
Peoples lives are stressed enough without adding more burdens through their waste.

Along the path to Everest, it is very hard to blame porters for dropping tobacco papers. They have a very hard life carrying heavy bags and its difficult to say stop throwing tobacco papers.

Similarly, we shouldnt beat people here who have busy lives for their waste; we have to make it easier to recycle through good imagination from the council. The more that councils throw their arms up [by handing out fines and warnings], I fear more people will start dumping in the countryside.

What started as a drive to clean his hometown of Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys led to Kevan tackling Ben Nevis, Snowdon and now part of the worlds highest peak.

He has appeared on the Richard and Judy Show as well as the BBC Wales News and now councils are tapping into his enthusiasm for the cause. Kevan has been asked to visit Cambridgeshire schools next year, while he led a Calderdale Council litter walk and addressed 300 children at North Yorkshire Grammar School.

He added: You can tackle recycling and waste, but it is also important to get to where litter starts from. The enthusiasm has been fantastic, I have had messages of support from America, Africa and Australia today alone. I now also have lots of friends in Nepal as well.

Kevan said that the interest in litter picking was immense all along the trail and he is now trying to secure sponsorship to send a couple of hundred pick up sticks to villages on the Everest route.

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