This year is by far the worst. With the help of our neighbours, so far we have removed more than 860 pounds from the Exit 4 ramps, Rock’s Road and the car pool parking lot. These places are common dumping grounds.
There is no reason or excuse for littering and dumping garbage. We have curbside pick up and recycling programs.
We have picked up items such as bags of cat litter, dog poo and dirty diapers, stovetops, liquor and pop bottles, coffee cups, take out food wrappers and soft drink cups, chip bags, grocery and garbage bags full, tires, ashtray contents, cigarette packs, large pieces of packaging and plastic, buckets, green tarp, window washer fluid containers, tires, feminine pads and condoms.
Our highways and meridians are no exception. They too are littered with trash.
Our environment is being contaminated and tourism has been, and will be, impacted by our unsightly landscape.
All citizens and levels of government need to start taking littering and dumping seriously. We need to stop throwing garbage out of our vehicles.
I think the following may help with this issue.
• More organized clean up programs need to take place in all communities. ‘Tidy town or community’ contests have been successful in other provinces and “Adopt a Highway” projects have increased.
• Governments need to increase awareness with more visible signage, advertisements and education advising against littering and respecting our environment. I would love to see larger billboard signage on our highways and in our communities.
• Increase curbside pick up for larger items.
• Offer stiffer fines and enforcement and surveillance of illegal dumping.
• Pay clean up crews for our highways and meridian.
• Increase trash receptacles in public areas, like at car pool parking lots and parks.
It is my hope that Windsor and West Hants will take the lead in cleaning up our communities and promote a clean and healthy environment for us now and in the future.
Together there must be a way to resolve this issue.