I know there are worse things in the world than littering, but I really hate fly tipping.
It represents the rot in society, where people wantonly break their social contract and feed off the rest of us like parasites.
Strong words, I know, but I feel that taking responsibility for your own rubbish is integral to taking part in civilisation. Those that abuse this understanding are deadweight that the rest of us have to carry.
Last week the Hospice Wairarapa Shop had to spend hundreds of dollars getting rid of other people’s rubbish that was dumped on their doorstep. Money that is now not going to help people who are dying.
I visited a rest area on the Napier Taupo Road recently, which was obviously a popular fly tipping spot. It turned a beautiful little nook into a disgusting refuge for people’s laziness and selfishness.
The message is simple. If you can’t afford to get rid of it, don’t get it in the first place.
- Piers Fuller