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Litterbugs are not wanted

Information on a new program is in the pages of this week’s newspaper. Or, if you happen to troll the City of Walterboro’s home page, or Web site, you may have already seen the news. Basically, the city’s leaders are starting a new “tarp it or ticket it” program. This is an anti-litter effort to hopefully keep people from allowing trash to fly out of the backs of their uncovered trucks or trailers.

Of course, common sense tells us that accidents happen, and that random bits of debris can fly from a moving vehicle, especially if you’re carrying a large load en route to a landfill.

However, it is our opinion that “random bits of debris” are not the contributing factor to the city’s always-lingering littering problem. In fact, we simply cannot understand why litter is still even an issue in our city.

The city’s leaders obviously care about stopping litter. This new program is an example. And our leaders are not alone. As an overall people, our city’s residents are very respectful of our neighborhoods.

Our community’s civic groups have designated themselves to pick up litter from along the roads and highways several times each year. These groups of kind people include everyone from local Boy Scout troops to members of the local Solicitor’s Office.

At least once a year, volunteers join forces with big garbage bags and gloves to remove litter from alongside our roads.

And, there are even groups of people who have created new anti-litter programs that will PAY you for being involved and for removing trash from alongside the road. In some of these cases, you don’t have to pick it up. You just have to make a phone call and report a litter bug.

With all of these reward – and punishment – systems in place, we cannot fathom why littering is even a problem. The problem literally trashes our city. It is an eyesore. It will stop positive growth from occurring. It is expensive. It creates a feeling of negativity for residents and for motorists. It causes rodents. These are all reasons why people should stop littering.

But, if you happen to be a litterbug and you don’t care about any of these things, let us put it a different way: littering is stupid. There are garbage containers that you can use. If you don’t care about the beauty and value of our community, we kindly invite you to use your Google search engine and seek another community where you can live.

Taking pride in where you live is a critical part of being happy and in being a good neighbor. Be a good neighbor and be a good person and do not litter.

Heather Walters (1494 Posts)