A Car­bon­ear call-out to lit­ter louts

The Compass - - OPINION -

New­found­land made the na­tional news this week for two rea­sons: dead whales and in­dis­crim­i­nate dump­ing in wooded ar­eas around St John’s.

Nei­ther very de­sir­able but we can’t pre­vent tragedies like the one on the west coast.

Garbage, how­ever, is an­other is­sue that just seems to be get­ting worse and worse and we don’t need hid­den cam­eras to find it.

I just checked my mail box, which is on Lower South Side Road. The num­ber of fly­ers and other lit­ter ly­ing around was the worst I have ever seen it. It is fresh garbage, too, not lit­ter cov­ered by snow and just sur­fac­ing. There is no ex­cuse for ei­ther.

We have a paper re­cy­cling pro­gram in Car­bon­ear. Take your fly­ers home and put them in your blue bag. If you are too lazy to do that let’s at least get a garbage bin in the area so you can dis­pose of them prop­erly.

The pa­pers on the ground to­day prob­a­bly won’t stay there for long. The wind will re­dis­tribute them per­haps with a bit of luck in your gar­den but more likely in the gar­den of some­one who doesn’t drop lit­ter.

Un­for­tu­nately, this is not the only area in town with lit­ter prob­lems. You can look just about any­where in Car­bon­ear and see plas­tic bags hang­ing from trees, shop­ping carts in ditches, cof­fee cups and other fast food waste ly­ing in park­ing lots or tossed in­dis­crim­i­nately out of car win­dows. That’s just some of the garbage left ly­ing around.

Please people, take some pride in your town and your­selves. Stop be­ing lit­ter louts.

— Corinne Wright Car­bon­ear

writes from

His­tory. The lo­cal stuff is pass­ing faster than time into lost mem­o­ries.

Car­bon­ear, once so tied to the sea for cen­turies, has lit­tle if any ma­rine his­tory re­main­ing.

Yes, we have our few fish­er­peo­ple who con­tinue to toil the bay but only a shadow of the past in­dus­try.

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