Time to tidy
Something’s in the air ... and on the ground too. No doubt people have noticed the weather has become much milder of late. The succession of school cancellation-inducing storms and frosty weather is giving way to, shock, sun and milder temperatures.
One could even say it is suitable weather for breaking out the ball caps.
While it is great to both see and feel the seasons change, attention needs to be paid to what is left behind by all that disappearing snow. Particularly, watch out for the accumulation of wet, soggy garbage.
Walking along a boardwalk is a pleasant activity, sure, but it has to be more fun without having to look at ancient chip bags and pop cans from days gone by.
And if you’re looking for a solid bet to make with friends, why not try and come up with the odds for finding a discarded coffee cup in a culvert or ditch. Spots without that form of waste could probably be classified as endangered landmarks, if there were such a designation.
The point is, there’s bound to be lots of garbage to pick up over the next little while, and it doesn’t get rid of itself. While some communities may have municipal employees who could get the job done, most will not. And for those relying on summer students to get the job done, keep in mind that the word ‘summer’ is used there. That’s a ways away yet. So, what should people do? If you’re a community-minded organization, why not consider getting a group of people together to go out and clean up a specific stretch of land. You have the bodies already, so why not put them to good use.
Even an informal group can come together and make a difference in an hour or two of scouring the ground for junk.
But it’s not just groups that can get things done. An individual out for a walk could easily take a grocery or garbage bag with them and casually fill it with garbage.
Community pride is a positive trait people should take into account when they look at their respective homes. A town is only as good as you make it, and first impressions are important.
If you have a stranger entering your backyard, don’t you want it to look its best?