Where have I encountered glass?

I have just got back from walking my dog in the park. We had a job navigating around all the broken glass there. It seems to be getting to be a more frequent experience. I have heard reports that some manufacturers are reverting to glass bottles as opposed to plastic. This means more of it on the ground.

This dog has so far managed to avoid treading on glass.

This dog has so far managed to avoid treading on glass.

Why is glass preferable to plastic?

I understand that it is easier to recycle and degrades when buried in soil. People are concerned about the amount of plastic getting into the sea and so into the food chain. They also mention the harm it does to fish and other marine creatures. Their concerns are quite justified. Plastic littering the land is only slightly less undesirable.

So why is plastic preferable to glass? Unless you are a dog.

Broken glass can damage your tyres. That is bad enough if you drive a car. If you ride a bike, it’s much worse. Then has anyone ever  thrown a bottle at you? Whether you were in a car, on a bike or afoot, you would not like it.

Am I just complaining about anti-social behaviour?

No. Glass dropped accidentally can be a hazard too, not only on the road. In the park, it gets onto the pitches and children’s play areas. When the grass is a bit long, you can easily step, sit, lie or fall on it. What about the beach, where you go barefoot?

Am I ignoring the environment?

No. Plastic is recyclable. If not, why do they tell us to put it in the blue bin? Surely, the answer is more vigorous anti-litter campaigning, backed by the application of the Law. The latest initiative in bringing back deposits on bottles is one step in the right direction too.

I don’t want any kind of litter cluttering up the countryside, the sea or the town. It doesn’t have to.  Let’s manage this group of risks properly.