Thursday, August 7, 2014
Really tired of litter
I see a lot of litter on my short drive to and from work in Holly Springs.
But last week for the first time, in the city limits, I saw an old mattress along the side of the road in the weeds.
Maybe it was tossed there. Maybe it flew out of the back of a truck. Whatever the case, it’s an old mattress on the side of the road in the city limits that someone just left there.
I don’t understand someone doing that and never will.
To say the litter problem in Holly Springs and Marshall County has long been bad would be an understatement.
Last week’s South Reporter included a front- page story about a Holly Springs couple approaching the mayor and board of aldermen about the problems trash and litter and overgrown weeds and so on and so forth.
I appreciate their concerns. I would urge others to voice their concerns.
And I appreciate the city leaders speaking out about the problem, too.
It’s a hard problem to solve, and it can’t really be solved by the folks doing the cleaning up – although that helps for a short period until someone litters again.
Most of all, I urge you not to trash up our roadsides in Holly Springs and Mississippi.
The solution is actually simple – don’t litter. Stop and use a trash can, keep it in your car until you get home or just leave it in your car.
If something has been trashing up your property for a long time, take it to the dump. I went Saturday and usually go four or five times during the summer months.
It’s obvious along my road that drivers leave fast food restaurants or convenience stores, eat or drink and then when they finish, they just toss the remnants out the window of their automobiles.
Monday morning, I left my house early going to Byhalia to take some photos for the newspaper. As I drove along Hernando Road, I started counting the aluminum cans and cups on the side of the road. After I reached 25 in a very short distance, I just stopped counting.
I remember anti-littering campaigns from my teachers while I was in elementary school. And that was about 40 years ago.
That would be a great place to start – with our children.
If they learn it early, odds are it will be with them the rest of their lives.
I guess I notice my every-day, short route more than others, but I’ve started looking more at the lack of cleanliness throughout the county.
I saw a television news report last week about a nearby county, and sorry I don’t remember which one, which was placing hidden cameras at illegal dump sites and catching folks in action. They were getting vehicles, tag numbers and faces on camera and issuing citations.
I like it.
Our highways are the front doors to our city and county.
Lack of cleanliness leaves a bad impression.
Cleanliness leaves a good impression.
And a first impression means everything.
Last week, when arriving at work, I picked up a dirty diaper left on the pavement in a parking spot across from The South Reporter.
And nearly every morning, I pick up liquor bottles or beer cans in the alley beside the newspaper building – an alley full of trash cans and dumpsters.
I don’t understand it and never will.
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