More than a cup
Treat your roads and highways like you’d treat the flooring in your living room.
t’s a common sight to come across if you spend any amount of time driving along the many roads that link communities across Newfoundland and Labrador.
From the corner of your eye, you might notice a small item rolling on the ground. It’s not something that would cause you suddenly swerve to the side and potentially endanger your life.
No, a used coffee cup or tin of soda isn’t the sort of thing that will cause immediate harm. However, that’s not to say these sorts of actions come without consequences.
It’s shocking that among motorists there remains some with the attitude that our roads and highways make for a good wastebasket. Maybe one empty paper bag from a fast-food chain on its own doesn’t amount to much when it’s tossed out the window, but that action combined with those of others creates a ripple effect.
Over time, garbage piles up on the side of a road. It might be out of sight and out of mind when you’re driving on a highway that’s raised slightly, but there are other creatures that might notice it.
How about moose, for example?
Those animals might take an interest in scraps of food along the side of the road. That goes for bears too. We should not be offering incentives for large animals to make roadside stops for grub.
In the case of an empty cup of coffee or a can of pop, is it really that hard to leave this waste in a cup holder? All vehicles nowadays have cup holders. One can easily leave that sort of waste in the vehicle until a destination is reached or a pit stop is made to use the bathroom or perhaps grab another coffee cup. Dump the garbage there.
It’s hard to fathom how thoughtless people can be with their waste. There should be enough space in their vehicles to keep plastic bags handy for garbage. It can’t be that big a nuisance.
The responsibility of looking after our surroundings ultimately lies with us. If we consider how our actions contribute to a whole, the decision of whether or not to throw waste out the driver-side window should be an easy one to make.
Treat your roads and highways like you’d treat the flooring in your living room. Don’t indiscriminately dump on it.