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Pick up that trash in your yard

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Greg Peck
Monday, April 8, 2013

As the snow piles melted in recent days along my one-mile dog walk, the ugly mess left by a winter’s worth of litterbugs and hibernating homeowners has been exposed. Trash is everywhere.

Patricia K. Cusick of Janesville wrote about it in a letter in Sunday’s Gazette. “Does anyone out there have a good answer as to why there are some people who refuse to take pride in their homes and yards?” she asked. Garbage bags are ripped apart on lawns, and junk is piled for all to see, she says, and it’s shameful and inconsiderate of neighbors. She suggests fines might help.

I wrote about this subject in a Thumbs Down editorial in today’s Gazette, as well.

I could probably fill a trash bag with litter if I took the time to clean up people’s yards, terraces and gutters on my morning walk. I, too, see debris strewn from when people put out trash bags and some animal dug in before the truck arrived (maybe those new carts the city is delivering this month will solve this problem). I see bottles and cans and paper and cardboard and fast food litter most everywhere—cups, plastic utensils and straws. I’ve seen a coffee shop’s cup, complete with plastic lid, stuck in the crotch of a tree. A large ceramic plant pot lies shattered on a terrace and gutter.

Too many homeowners think that if trash is out on the curb and gutter, it’s someone else’s problem. Instead it detracts from your home and neighborhood, and it’s unlikely to go away. The city doesn’t send street sweepers around often enough to catch much of this stuff before it floats into storm sewers or blows into someone else’s yard. Speaking of storm sewers, I saw a large plastic oil jug plugging half of one opening on my way to church yesterday.

It was nice to see some people out cleaning up their yards during our beautiful weather Sunday afternoon. Forecasters say little nice weather will be greeting us this week. Saturday, they suggest, might be your next best chance to do some cleanup. Don’t miss your next chance.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

Last updated: 9:20 am Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

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