by Amara Patel
I was once asked what the laziest habit is amongst Bradfordians. Judging by the number of takeaways in the city, my instinct was to say ‘not cooking at home’. I didn’t expect to be told the problem was litter. It’s surprising how a conversation like that can affect you, because all of a sudden I started to notice litter everywhere! I’d noticed litter on my street; I’d notice half eaten meals and fast food packaging on my way to the bus stop. I’d started to notice chewing gum stuck on the pavements.
The other big observation I’ve made through visiting family and friends outside Bradford is the litter problem in Bradford is worse than it is in other places. Littering is fast becoming an epidemic in Bradford and it is vital to find an antidote to cure our society of this disease. I’ll leave it for people far smarter than me to offer up explanations for this litter epidemic, but in my opinion littering is more than an act of laziness. It’s much worse than that because littering shows a lack of respect towards other people. A town centre or a street scattered with litter looks uncared for. It looks like the people who work and live in that city are not bothered about it.
As somebody who was born in Bradford and feels passionate about the city, it saddens me that so many people behave in this way and quite frankly, I am sick that the city is being dragged down, as it just provides further ammunition for the ‘Bradford Bashers’.
Bradford has a proud heritage, but after years in the doldrums, things finally seem to be looking up, and it would be a crying shame if we allow an issue such as litter to cloud peoples impression of our beautiful city.