Sometimes I swear litter mocks me. The very next day after sending a letter on my favourite subject to the editor of our local newspaper, litter is in my face yet again.
You can see my letter in its entirety on my Shlog. In it I made reference to careless newspaper and flyer delivery contributing to the litter stream. Overall I was urging the media outlet to use its influence to reshape littering behaviors. This particular newspaper wrote an editorial about Earth Day without using it as an opportunity to nudge readers to not litter. In fact the words ‘litter’ and ‘littering’ completely escaped a mention. Unfortunately, this is a norm.
I live close to my mother and keep her beautiful expanse of lawns and gardens litter-free, hauled out a few bags full some weeks ago. True to my letter to the editor, what awaited me on the concrete pad leading to the steps of mom’s front door? It was a double inside page of the same newspaper I had written to, part of the Metroland chain, owned by the Toronto Star.
Retrieving the littered paper, I took a closer look. The dominant headline brought an irony-smacking grimace to my face. A full page story with colour photo and the title blazing: “Residents help keep community clean.“
Yes, litter mocks, litter taunts.
Rogers Community 10 is devoting resources to film the Litter Prevention Program in action next Tuesday for future broadcast in the Toronto area. A crew will be following us around for half a day.
On closer read of McDonald's artful dodge - I'm "on file". Take heart, folks, or at least another bite of that burger.
I make this point about her environmentalism to underscore the improbability of her ever generating any loose litter. She recycles vigorously, composts religiously, reuses to the point of ridiculousness and fills a garbage bag every few months or so. Her electricity bill is $50 a month. Yet I managed to stuff several plastic grocery bags full of litter retrieved from her property, fighting wind, entanglement and bush branches to do so. I also cleared some stray pieces from another front lawn of a home whose owner is physically disabled.
Litterers victimize everyone with their garbage and defacement, but they pick on the frail, ill or aging the most. Just my observation.