Drive the Salmonier Line, part of “The Loop” that many visitors to this province take during the summer, and you don’t have to worry about falling asleep at the wheel.
Trash dumped at the side of Salmonier Line. – Telegram photo
Why, if you get tired, you can just pull over where the road widens near one of the entrances to Deer Park, stretch out on a couch and take in a little television until you feel like getting back on the road.
This little visual tableau is brought to you by someone too lazy and ignorant to even trundle up a woods road before shoving their trash out of the back of their car or truck.
Chances are, the people who dumped this are still driving by it regularly, apparently unconcerned about the effects of their handiwork.
Just another day in what can be described as the happy trash province.
We’ve written plenty about it in this space before, and almost every time, there have been plenty of comments and letters to the editor sharing a broad-based disgust for anyone who would treat the province as a personal dumpsite. And it doesn’t seem likely to change. There are still people willing to dump a full-sized couch on the side of a very well-travelled road, an action that could be spotted with the dumpers caught red-handed.
And yet, it goes on.
Chances are, you’re not going to get caught.
You’re not going to get caught because this is a big province, and not that many people are actually looking. In some municipalities, your blatant disregard for this province may get caught on a strategically placed video camera, especially if you frequent the same illegal dumpsite over and over again. Then, you might get charged and shamed a little bit (if you’re capable of feeling shame) and you might have to pay a fine.
The truth is that the only thing that’s likely to change this situation is a broad-based change of attitude. Perhaps because we have so much wild land, we take it for granted in a way that wouldn’t be acceptable anywhere else.
It’s an attitude that can’t change soon enough, because there’s nothing quite as disheartening as seeing that there are people who care so little about this place that anywhere can be their dumpsite.