Education in garbage



On a monthly basis, and as part of a group of community members in East Porpoise Bay, I pick up garbage along the roadside and ditches of our neighbourhood. It’s only an hour or so, something of an education and enough time to become judgmental about who these people are who casually toss their “stuff” out the car window as they drive by.

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It mostly consists of McDonald’s lunch packaging, Starbucks coffee cups, empty beer cans, liquor bottles, cigarette packages and an immeasurable number of cigarette butts.

On closer analysis it seems that the beer cans are predominantly from the budget end of the liquor store choices not the imported nor local craft brewery options. Similarly for the liquor bottles. Funny, I’ve never picked up an empty single malt whisky bottle, although I did recently find a Crown Royal bottle, albeit only of the 2 oz. variety.

Something I’ve learned is that however biodegradable banana skins might be, even the local wildlife are not interested in them as a tasty little treat.

During an hour on the job one can ponder the likes and type of people who casually toss out their garbage as they head home. Who dragged them up as kids? Do they live like this at home? Is there any hope for a green revolution? Just wondering out loud.

Oh, one bonus. I did once find a $100 bill in the ditch. Unfortunately they are not as prevalent as Timmies coffee cups.

Geoff White, Sechelt

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