Litter Picker No9

Coronavirus

Litter pickers face a new challenge in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and should take extra precautions.

  • Always use a litter picker tool
  • Always wear full Gauntlet Gloves like the ones used for washing-up or better
  • Always use a bag hoop and avoid touching the rubbish
  • Sterilize equipment after use with household bleach
  • Wash hands thoroughly

Ravensbourne Residents Association (RRA) Organised Litter-Picks

Since last week we have seen a dramatic reduction in street rubbish, but it can still build up in busy areas around shops and parks. We can all play our part while spending time at home by keeping the street outside our homes clean. Contact us at the RRA if you would like to borrow a litter picker tool until you can get your own.

Our collected rubbish is taken to Churchfields Recycling Centre

We have been having regular monthly litter picking sessions. If enough volunteers turn up, we can cover most of our roads in our area. On average our litter pickers collect one or two bags of general litter each.

Some roads like Bellingham Road and Bromley Road are particularly bad due to higher footfall, takeaway restaurants and access to public transport systems.

Unsurprising this month’s litter pick has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus restrictions. We normally meet at the entrance of Forster Memorial Park at the junction of Bellingham Road and Thornsbeach Road on a Sunday at 10.20am. Litter pickers, rubbish sacks and hi-vis vests are provided but please bring your own gloves. If you have an hour spare, please join us for the next community spirited event, probably after the restrictions have been lifted.

Social distancing observed

Of course, there is nothing to stop individuals litter picking during daily exercise if social distancing is observed and you follow my precautions above.

Latex glove

The litter type has changed for example we see more used tissues and blue/cream latex gloves dropped on the street and around the park, this must be a dangerous source of covid-19 and worrying should children pick them up.

Forster Memorial Park

There have been some great improvements recently with new fox proof bins and new wildlife information signs and notice boards. All these improvements are due to the hard work of the park user group and deserve our support. Visit: https://forsterparkfriends.org/

You may have noticed the three bollards at the Thornsbeach Road park entrance have now gone, these had restricted access to the car parking spaces. It’s worth mentioning this area is not kept clean/swept by Lewisham Council or by Conisborough College. If this area wasn’t visited everyday by RRA litter picker volunteers it would become a health hazard, covered in beer bottles (broken glass), cans and general litter.

This notice has been put up at all the parks entrances since the social distancing restrictions came in. It makes you stop and read it but its very conflicting/confusing in its message.

Thornsbeach Road Air Quality Monitor Station

The environmental sensor suite was installed on the 1st March 2020 on the front of my property to monitor airborne particulates PM10 and PM2.5.

What is PM10: Particulates are especially small particles of suspended airborne dust. It is also referred to as “Particulate Matter” (PM for short) and differentiated by the diameter of the dust particles between PM10 (smaller than 10 μm), PM2.5 (smaller than 2.5 μm), PM1 (smaller than 1 μm). Particulate matter can be created by natural sources (such as Sahara dust, fungal spores, sea salt, pollen) (about 90%) or anthropogenic (human) origin, mainly from the combustion of carbon compounds (about 10%).

What is PM2.5: Particulates are especially small particles of suspended airborne dust. It is also referred to as “Particulate Matter” (PM for short) and differentiated by the diameter of the dust particles between PM10 (smaller than 10 μm), PM2.5 (smaller than 2.5 μm), PM1 (smaller than 1 μm). Particulate matter can be created by natural sources (such as Sahara dust, fungal spores, sea salt, pollen) (about 90%) or anthropogenic (human) origin, mainly from the combustion of carbon compounds (about 10%).

Unit: Fine dust is present regardless of the diameter of the particles in μm / m³.

Particulate matter is now largely responsible for the effects of air pollution on health. Impacts are for example the intensification of allergy symptoms, the increase of asthmatic seizures, respiratory ailments and lung cancer as well as an increased risk of middle ear inflammation in children and impaired nervous system. In addition, effects on cardiovascular diseases (eg cardiac infarction) will also be affected. The extent of the effect of particles on the respiratory tract depends not only on the chemical composition but also on the size of the particles: the smaller a particle is, the deeper it can penetrate the lungs.

Interpretation: Fine dust measurements, especially raw data from individual measurements should be taken with caution. As the limits suggest, averages of many individual measurements over one hour or over a day are usually calculated.

Influences: Measurement height, car traffic, wood burning (eg stoves) and bonfires.

The data generated from the Thornsbeach Road sensor is shared and can be viewed in several ways.

The free APP is available in the Play Store
  1. Use the free Android APP called “The Particulate Matter App” just zoom in on the map.
  2. From the openSenseMap website: https://opensensemap.org/explore/5e415f3972fd16001bc0248e

Here are a few screen shots from the last six days showing the peaks of PM10 (Green) PM2.5 (blue) and shows how changeable the readings are depending on the weather, the peaks often exceed EU limits.

Here is an excellent article written by Tim Webb in a recent News Shopper about the drop in pollution levels since the coronavirus lockdown. See article here:

https://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/18343351.bromley-bucks-global-trend-air-pollution-increases-amid-coronavirus-outbreak/


When the pavement is full please use the bin

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