Over the last 8 weeks of the summer several volunteers cleaned West End streets and beaches, removing weeds and garbage. Based on that experience, I share with you what we’ve noticed about litterers.
– The most frequent litter (over 75% of total garbage) includes Bud Light Beer cans, Marlboro cigarette packs and cardboard pizza plates. Not too much craft beer, only a few cigars, and limited number of sushi containers.
– People who consume 5-hour energy drinks apparently don’t have enough energy to throw the bottles in a garbage can.
– There is poor eye-hand coordination for many, who only hit the rim on the round garbage cans, failing to complete the dunk shot.
– Good to know that we found only occasional marijuana bags, and that the “protection” of choice is Trojan. (Seems like some people party-hard, ingesting a Bud, getting high, slamming down a slice, then adding protection as they consummate the night on the beach, after-which they smoke a Marlboro.)
– Some people leave their beer and soda bottles and liquid contents at the Oceanview planters. Do they think osmosis from the bottles/cans will help water the plants? It doesn’t.
– Dog owners and the careless garbage-makers tend to reduce their dog-doo and littering when there is an American flag in the tree pit. Patriotism promotes cleanliness.
Since we’ve cleaned up the initial mess we’ve noticed reduced litter, except at various beach entrances and other identifiable spots. Too bad some people still can’t be responsible enough to keep our city clean.
Any suggestions on how to reduce the Bud/Marlboro/Pizza problem? All suggestions appreciated.
Ed Glister, West End Beautification Assocation