I often walk with my three year old son around Mudgee and I am always disappointed about how much litter we come across and how many plastic bags we fill and haul home. It is amusing but also rather sad that my three year old is constantly calling out ‘Rubbish Mum!’ in an attempt to help me spot and pick up litter whenever we are out and about.
I am particularly aghast by the amount of litter that we usually come across close to the McDonalds Drive Through on Church Street. It is good to note though that the Mid-Western Council does undertake regular litter pick-ups, if a request is submitted.
But how do we resolve the problem of those inconsiderate, McDonalds’ litter bug patrons? McDonalds’ drink cartons, plastic lids, straws and take-away wrappings are a common sight around children’s play areas, Lawson River, The Pines and Flirtation Hill.
Does anyone have any ideas about how McDonalds’ litter around Mudgee can be reduced? Should pressure be put on the McDonald’s restaurant in the form of financial penalties for all their branded rubbish found close by? Should McDonalds make their patrons buy re-useable cups and containers? Or perhaps McDonalds should be forced to carry out their own daily litter pick-up so they can see the negative effects their take-away food culture has on the local environment?
It would be great if we as a community could solve this litter problem and perhaps be the first community to do so?