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TRASH: Littering leads to downward spiral

Letter by Mary A. Hall, Bonney Lake on July 21, 2010 at 12:29 pm | 5 Comments »
July 26, 2010 9:24 am

Re: “Litter befouls Western Washington” (letter, 7-20).

I thank the writer for stating what I have been thinking since I moved to unincorporated Pierce County in February. The scenery is beautiful, but I am appalled at the amount of plastic bottles, cans, plastic bags, etc., on the side of the roads.

I would be out there picking up litter and sorting recycles, as I did in Seattle when I’d walk my dog, but it’s too dangerous here without a sidewalk or berm. And frankly, at this point, it needs a crew to clean up.

How a place looks makes a difference in how people think about it. If it looks well cared for, they want to keep it that way. If it looks like no one cares, then they feel like it’s OK for them to not care as well. From there, it’s a downward spiral.

Don’t be too proud to pick up a piece of litter; it’s the right thing to do if you care about where you live. More importantly, everyone needs to deal with their litter properly in the first place. Please get in the habit of being responsible for your stuff; it will make life better for us all.

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