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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

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