People responsible for litter
The objections are that they aren’t biodegradable and account for a big chunk of litter that finds its way to roadsides, parking lots, recreational areas, etc.
Those bags, however, aren’t the source of the problem.
The problem, people, is people.
As long as we have a culture that accepts litter, whether it’s plastic bags, foam cups, candy wrappers or any of a million other disposables, we’re going to have litter.
There is one other factor in this litter dilemma, and that’s nature. Wind, to be specific.
Businesses that provide ammunition for litter need to do a better job of controlling that which is deposited on their property, whether in trash cans or on their property.
This week, across the street from a business that generates a large number of paper bags, wrappers, foam cups, etc., the ditch was filled with just that. Given our prevailing southeast wind, and because the business was on the south side of the street and the litter was directly across the street on the north side, my scientific deduction is that wind shared responsibility for the mess across the street.
Well, whose fault it that? It’s not the fault of the bags, wrappers and cups. It’s the responsibility of the customers who did not control the litter and the business that did not provide adequate control of trash receptacles or did not maintain their property adequately under the circumstances. I know, too, that it’s a never-ending battle for every business that sends customers out the door with disposable products.
Kids need to teach their parents that littering is unlawful.
Did I say kids? Yeah, I did.
Messages of environmental responsibility are pounded into kids’ heads through school programs, Scouting, other youth and church groups. That way, the message should get to the parents. Sometimes, however, parents can be more hardheaded than a know-it-all teenager.
So kids, start policing your parents and hold them responsible for littering. Don’t let them get away with it. Cut them no slack. Show no mercy.
Don’t blame plastic bags for our litter problems.
People produce and scatter litter, and they need to be held accountable for it.
Mary Henkel Judson is editor and copublisher of the South Jetty. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, (361) 749-5131 or P.O. Box 1117, Port Aransas, TX 78373.