Pick of the Litter

Coke on a beach
Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t understand why any well-minded human being would ever litter. There is an increasing amount of litter in even the most beautiful areas, such as the beach in my photo. Even with posted fines in the thousands of dollars, there are people littering daily. I did pick up that can and throw it away, but all too often the litter around me is too nasty to even go near.

I have only witnessed a few people in the act of littering, and those I have witnessed fall into two categories. The first was a man who was crazy. He was walking down the street talking to himself, and simply dropped the (empty?) grocery bag he was carrying. I can understand this, because this man clearly had no idea where he was, let alone where the nearest recycling bin was located. The other people I have seen litter were all punk kids, trying to impress their friends. I can understand the urge and so-called coolness of defying authority for the sake of defying authority, but littering is one of those things that is not about authority. It’s about the fricking environment. Under no circumstances is this kind of littering not completely stupid. There must also be innumerable litterers out there who do not fall into any category.

It could be helpful to adopt better recycling programs, like some other countries have, that make it easier for people to recycle. But littering is not caused by lack of recycling. Littering is, in my judgment, an unsolvable problem.

Am I wrong? How to solve it?

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9 Responses to “Pick of the Litter”

  1. Buckshot Says:

    what a shame, yes the litter is quite stupefying, and can even be found in remote places! 🙁 But the picture is nice!

  2. guess what Says:

    Littering creates jobs. What would people who are required to do community service do if people didn’t litter. Better yet, where would all the non-English speaking minorities find work if it wasn’t for trash in places it didn’t belong. Welcome to America…land of the free…and exploited.

  3. Nico Says:

    Kids here have to clean up the litter as community service, because they got caught littering, so they just create their own ‘jobs’ and then bitch about it…

    Trust me there are plenty of other jobs that can serve as community service jobs. Littering is just plain stupid and I think they should raise the fines!

  4. Tim Anderson Says:

    you know what, emptying bins also creates jobs

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