It hap­pens ev­ery­where

The Compass - - OPINION -

There are peo­ple in ev­ery com­mu­nity who put them­selves out there, help­ing in what­ever ways they can.

There are Cubs and Beavers who take care to clean up along the beaches. There are in­di­vid­u­als who bring bags along on their walks to pick up bits and pieces of garbage along the sides of roads, beaches or path­ways.

Even the town spends a cer­tain amount of money hir­ing work­ers to clean up around town as we have seen re­cently in Pla­cen­tia. Th­ese work­ers have been spot­ted sweep­ing the dirt off our streets, clean­ing up de­bris, and gen­er­ally spruc­ing the town up for the sum­mer.

It is won­der­ful to see such ef­forts. It makes a big dif­fer­ence to the area, and in­stills a sense of pride and re­spon­si­bil­ity in those who par­tic­i­pate.

And then there are those who seem to take no pride in their com­mu­nity or sur­round­ings, who so ca­su­ally throw garbage onto the ground as if the earth were their per­sonal waste site.

Take two in­stances in this week’s Char­ter.

In Point Verde, some­one or a num­ber of peo­ple, have been haul­ing large amounts of garbage to a beau­ti­ful spot along the

And then there are those who seem to take no pride in their com­mu­nity or sur­round­ings, who so ca­su­ally throw garbage onto the ground as if the earth were their per­sonal waste site.

beach near the light­house, dump­ing this garbage and set­ting it alight. Cur­rently there are more than ten such large piles of de­bris, ab­so­lutely ru­in­ing the area for every­one.

Who wants to visit such a place?

This area could be a won­der­ful tourist at­trac­tion, pro­vid­ing a fab­u­lous view of Pla­cen­tia and a great long beach with a spec- tac­u­lar view to Red Is­land.

It bog­gles the mind that peo­ple could do this willy-nilly, es­pe­cially when there is a free-to-use dump­site in Dunville that would take all that de­bris and dis­pose of it in a more en­vi­ron­men­tally sound way. It is a no-brainer. Then there is the spot be­tween the Pla­cen­tia mall and Blockhouse Drive, a path­way through the woods that is ab­so­lutely dis­grace­ful. All the way along are chip bags, bar wrap­pers, candy wrap­pers, gen­eral waste that looks like it comes from younger peo­ple ( be­cause of its con­tent). If this is a han­gout area for teens, how dare they use it as a dump­ing area when there are garbage cans and bins at the mall, and at the North At­lantic store, just a short dis­tance from this garbage, that pre­sum­ably must be passed on the way to and from the han­gout.

Where is the pride in th­ese youth? Why are they not aware of their re­spon­si­bil­ity to their town, their fel­low cit­i­zens and them­selves re­gard­ing lit­ter­ing?

It is not as if they haven’t been taught it. Why do they not get it?

While the town of Pla­cen­tia is plan­ning on clean­ing up that area, they shouldn’t have to. There should not be an is­sue.

Gov­ern­ments need to start crack­ing down on peo­ple who chuck their garbage as if they are swat­ting a fly.

Their ir­re­spon­si­bil­ity af­fects us all and makes the en­tire town look bad, like a garbage dump, and flies in the face of all the hard work put in by in­di­vid­u­als who do seem to care about their en­vi­ron­ment.

Reprinted from the Pla­cen­tia Char­ter, by ed­i­tor El­iz­a­beth MacDon­ald, ed­i­tor@thechar­ter.ca

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