Unfortunately, there are others that don’t have the same appreciation of their surroundings, and feel it’s OK to dispose of their garbage by throwing it out the window of their car.
With the snow now behind us, the remains of those irresponsible litterbugs dot our roadsides and create a real eyesore for all to look at.
How can anyone be so lazy? How can people be so irresponsible and have such disrespect for the community in which they live?
Granted, some of the trash lying along the side of the road is discarded by people passing through, but it’s likely that most comes from the same people that live and work right here in our community.
Due to the generosity of time and effort put forth by various civic clubs and organizations in our community, pick-up activities are planned throughout the year in an attempt to keep our roadsides cleaned.
Thankfully, there are individuals within these groups who take part in these activities. Without them, the entryways to our community would be disgraceful, and not be a very welcoming sight to our visitors.
There are laws against littering, but it’s difficult to enforce these laws, because rarely do people toss trash out of their windows when they know others are watching.
It becomes a matter of respect and responsibility. As adults, we need to teach our kids to be responsible citizens, and that includes not littering.
As the old saying goes: “Give a hoot, don’t pollute!”
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