How should we tackle the north's litter louts?
So what's your answer to litter?
Well, I'm sure you'll not hesitate to let me know by adding your comments to the blog this week.
I certainly had a lump in my throat when the producer said: "Chris keep your eyes peeled for anyone dropping litter and then go after them".
Well you know me; I've been in some tight spots in the past with Inside Out, but normally when I challenge someone it's because we've scouted them out and know pretty much how they'll react.
This was going to be a complete unknown. As it happened it became a fascinating lesson in people watching.
There I was in the centre of Middlesbrough waiting for someone to casually drop whatever they were holding and just keep on walking.
Every likely looking candidate (anyone finishing a ciggie or taking the last bite of a hurriedly bought bag of chips or chocky bar) was under my piercing gaze.
But more often than not they went the extra few yards out of their way to find a bin. Well done the 'Boro!
However it was too good to last and down went the tab end, so I jumped right in.
Then there was the very deft manoeuvre from a young lad who placed a used pop can on a bench without breaking his stride. It was neatly placed, but still litter.
I needn't have worried, they both owned up immediately and without any real prompting went to collect their rubbish and dispose of it properly. That tells me they knew fine well they were littering and that it was wrong. No discussion needed.
However the problem is on a massive scale, as we proved when the council agreed to an Inside Out experiment.
It deliberately didn't clean a mile of Linthorpe Road of the weekend. They had to warn local businesses in advance, which was just as well because it turned into a tip.
When we did the big clean up we filled loads of bags. It just goes to show what would happen if councils didn't clean up after us. In hard times they say they could better spend the money on other things.
Caught on camera on CCTV in Middlesbrough
When we were filming I deliberately dropped some litter and a detached voice suddenly boomed at me in the street. It picked me out of the crowd by describing what I was wearing.
Everybody stopped and turned and stared at me. A group of lads across the street burst out laughing at my public humiliation... their reaction was clearly on the side of the talking camera and not mine.
It's tough but sure gets your attention!
But how do you think we should tackle litter louts?
Add your comments now...