Fishing line and work cartons. Empty pop cans and snack wrappers.
It’s the same with roadways, trails and most any other natural area. Somehow, people’s trash always seems to end up there.
Thanks to the efforts of hundreds of do-gooders throughout our community, much of that trash has disappeared.
In conjunction with Earth Day, several cleanup efforts were organized by various groups across West Michigan. Some scoured roadways, stuffing bags full of trash. Others targeted natural areas, bike paths and parks.
Their efforts help keep West Michigan a beautiful place to work and live, and also bring to light a major problem: trash. If not for the careless, irresponsible behavior by the masses, these cleanup efforts wouldn’t be necessary.
We tip our caps to those who devote their precious time to help keep our world clean, and admonish those whose disregard for the environment leave our natural places in such a mess in the first place.
Outdoorsmen and women typically have reputations as being those who care about the environment. But don’t give fishermen and campers the benefit of the doubt. Spots frequented by anglers are typically the worst of all — littered with fishing line, cigarette butts and empty Styrofoam containers. The same is often true of abandoned campsites.
Those whose pastimes lead them into the natural world should be even more conscious about taking care of their surroundings.
Until that happens on a consistent basis, it will take the efforts of a few good folks to make up for the careless behavior of the masses.
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