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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 with 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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  1. the3rdpigshouse says:

    I have traveled the U.S. and the majority of our societal pigs live in Washington State!!!

  2. ArchieMoore says:

    DON’T pick up any trash in Lakewood. That rusted old can or moldy plastic bottle is “property of another” according to Lakewood PD and the prosecutor. Even when all the neighbors say the junk has been lying on the side of the road for months, if you pick it up and you can’t prove it’s yours, you’ll be in the slammer.

  3. murphtall says:

    i have driven from seattle to atlanta via dallas and st louis and Milwaukee many times (early 00s) and i can say without a doubt, washington is litter friendly, in no other of the 40 some odd states (42 i think) we drove through did we see so much litter as here.

  4. angevinemm says:

    I went to Iowa a few years back and was stunned that during my whole trip I found one Mcdonalds cup and one balled up bag, in the entire city.

    This was in cedar Rapids, a decent sized town.

    I have never seen such a clean place.

  5. Where I live in East Pierce county, it’s common to find trash dumped by the truckload. Someone will finally clean it up and a week later it’s there again. Anyone caught dumping should be thrown in jail, have their vehicle confiscated and pay a hefty fine and have his face on the front page of the newspaper.

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