[Talk-GB] Open Litter Map now online

David Woolley forums at david-woolley.me.uk
Tue Apr 25 10:19:40 UTC 2017

On 25/04/17 10:44, Dave F wrote:
> Unsure how you expect this site to reduce litter. It's not going to
> prevent people dropping their waste & it's more productive to contact
> your local authority to get fly-tipping debris removed.


Also, by looking at sites that already collect this sort of information, 
e.g. FixMyStreet.com, one would conclude that the map you get will show 
the locations of concerned individuals, not a complete picture of the 
litter, and that, where there is a picture, it can be predicted from 
local sociological and environmental conditions, that are probably 
already well known to the relevant council employees, and their refuse 
collection companies.

My guess would be that the areas with the worst littering problems have 
relatively few concerned individuals, and, in any case, the number of 
individuals sufficiently interested to spend the time needed to lock up 
a GPS and take the photographs, is too few to get even 1% coverage.

(I also found the animation annoying, and possibly even disability 
discrimination violations, and found it difficult work out what you were 
really doing.  I'm still not completely sure.

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