- May 07, 2013 - 16:03
Quit blaming governments for the mess. It's the god-damned lazy, ignorant louts that live amongst us.
- May 06, 2013 - 12:26
Newfoundlanders have always been inexplicably filthy people in our attitudes about throwing trash wherever we like. It is almost a genetic trait, and certainly a social norm. One particular "tradition" that It has always amazed me is the surly, resentful attitude we have towards the beer bottle....though each worth 10 cents, we cannot throw them far enough into the woods, or smash them into small enough bits. From people who didn't have a "spare" $24 a case to start with, they yell : "Here's what I think of your measly $1.20 deposit! I already got me lotto ticket!" And we all marvel at those TV tourism ads, the ones that show us as some sort of serene, guru custodians of mankind's last, great, unspoiled refuge. ...Sure. Whatever.
- May 06, 2013 - 09:40
A once a year clean-up sponsored by the fast food corporations where most of the garbage originates is not working. It probably results in more littering as people convince themselves that it will all be cleaned up eventually. What we need is a special tax on the fast food/beverage industry and then use that money to hire people to keep our towns and cities clean. And have you seen the mess around some gas stations/convenience stores? I guess profits are so low that they can't even pay staff to empty the garbage cans and pick up litter every day.
- May 05, 2013 - 21:25
My question is where are all the garbage containers that the City should be providing along the streets, trails. Shouldn't private businesses and schools be required to have garbage containers around their properties, more than one. Shouldn't it be a bylaw that any person or business with a convenience store or deli or restaurant be required to have garbage bins on their property. This in my opinion would cut down on a lot of the litter flying around this City. There is no where to put garbage or doggie bags unless you are on the Rennies River Trail and that to me is NOT GOOD ENOUGH. This needs to be a priority.
- Unfortunate Son
- May 05, 2013 - 13:08
What's the point to vent about this subject. People who routinely litter don't read either.
- May 06, 2013 - 12:13
If people who litter don't read, then please explain how the Telegram or anyone else has ever sold newspapers in Newfoundland. We are thoughtless pigs.
- May 05, 2013 - 11:01
Unfortunately,this province has developed a culture of "lack of cooperation." Maybe it was poor economic times where communities had to take a "survival of the fittest mentality", rather than cooperate. Perhaps it was a small population voting for three different political parties, and living in hundreds of competing municipalities fighting over crumbs, even though their ideologies were similar, rather than electing the best people for the job. Maybe we came to believe that fighting with each other was the correct way for a democratic process to work. Now we have a situation where disputes are solved by blocking roads, shutting down schools, and throwing fish overboard. We vilify politicians, calling them traitors, if they try to work with other parties, or other levels of government. Individual municipalities cut each other's throats in an effort to win every battle. Even the larger centers like St. John's, Mt. Pearl, CBS, and Paradise seem more intent on beating the other towns into submission rather than cooperating. Individual politicians use the bully method to get elected. We need an immediate systemic change to how government works in this province, but the leadership is not there to direct it.It seems that the most successful politicians are the ones who have the greatest sense of entitlement, and we keep on voting for them. Unfortunately, it will get worse before it gets better.
- Ed Power
- May 04, 2013 - 16:52
Well, this is depressing. Not a single comment about this topic. Where is the outrage?
- May 04, 2013 - 11:20
Why should everything be government's responsibility? Why isn't there a discussion, a much-needed one at that, about the apparent CULTURE of throwing garbage out in the first place. It's not governmnent's responsibility. it's our collective and personal responsibility not to do it in the first place. Seems to me that we see our woods, streets, highways and waterways as convenient dumping grounds for every kind of trash imaginable and we always have done. Walk the woods and trails or even town roadways and they are littered with broken beer bottles. Rusted car wrecks often litter the gardens and driveways and seashores in towns all around the province. It's been ever thus! Our outdoors is so vast compared to other provinces that we just threw whatever we wanted to out there and didn't give a damn. Clearly the majority of people still carry on with this mindless disregard for the places in which we live.. What odds, they say.... Well, it's high time we see the problem for what it is, part of our culture. It is Newfoundland's dirty little secret but it's getting bigger and less a secret every day.