Lit­ter­ing un­ac­cept­able whether in­di­vid­u­als or big busi­ness

South Western Times - - Point Of View - Mal Adams, Aus­tralind

As you may be aware, resur­fac­ing works have been un­der way in the Aus­tralind area for some time now.

Re­cently I was stopped at a traf­fic con­trol point while work was be­ing un­der­taken. While there I ob­served a road worker chip­ping the re­flec­tive “cats eyes” off the old road sur­face and throw­ing them into the bush on the south side of the road. I was dis­gusted with this ac­tion as surely the worker should have known bet­ter, or a su­per­vi­sor should have stopped him. I men­tioned this to a friend, and she also saw the worker throw­ing them into the bush.

On re­turn­ing home, I con­tacted the Har­vey Shire Coun­cil and was even­tu­ally put through to an of­fi­cer in the engi­neer­ing works area. He agreed that this was un­ac­cept­able, and that he would im­me­di­ately go and see the su­per­vi­sor of the job and get them picked up.

When the work­ers had left the site, I thought I would go down and see if any­thing had been done to pick them up. In the space of 10m and three min­utes I had picked up two of them. Clearly noth­ing had been done to rem­edy this sit­u­a­tion. I have twice tried to con­tact the shire of­fi­cer con­cerned with­out suc­cess.

Why is it that as in­di­vid­u­als we can be fined or pros­e­cuted for lit­ter­ing, but a large con­tract busi­ness can get away with it with seem­ing im­punity?

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