COVID control measures - deemed by health authorities to be essential for stemming the disease - keeping one’s distance, avoiding crowds, cancellation of events from cleanups to concerts, wearing masks, are inherently anti-social measures. Could it be that the escalation in littering during the pandemic is related to the heightened anti-social environment we find ourselves in?
Littering is classified as an anti-social behavior. Is it mere coincidence that the problem is worse than ever after fourteen months of restrictions? Have these public health guidelines and protocols inadvertently prompted heightened anti-social conduct?
I hope rule makers and policy designers look at this relationship and propose ideas such as effective campaigns and enforcement to mitigate anti-social behaviors in our city and province. In my view, effective enforcement means ticketing and fines as well as education, binfrastructure and litter cleaning by paid staff and volunteers.