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February 2009
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Garbage, garbage everywhere…

With the rising temperatures in the east of Canada and the United States it has made for some beautiful running weather. I was even tempted to get on my road bike again, even ride to work, but the massive snow banks deterred me from venturing on the narrowed roads.What also caught my attention was the amount of garbage that had collected in the snow. I was thinking “do people view snow as an anytime, anywhere disposal?” Just because it is out of sight means it is then out of mind? From Tim Horton’s cups to MacDonald’s bags I was just amazed at the total amount of garbage growing as the snow banks melted away.

And I’m not the only one who recognizes this. This morning on 680News they interviewed Beaches residents of Toronto. The Beaches is a neighbourhood in the east end that borders along the coast line of Lake Ontario. There is a boardwalk that runs along the beach to make it easier for residents to walk. Instead of the boardwalk being surrounded by white fluffy snow or golden sand beaches a resident this morning commented on the vast puddles, the dirty snow and the mass amounts of garbage.

I don’t understand what it is about the snow and the cold that makes people want to throw their garbage out wherever they are instead of using the appropriate receptacle. I hope to see this trend decrease and I’m also secretly hoping for more snow this season.


Comment from David
Time February 11, 2009 at 6:47 pm

in Ottawa, they have forced snow removal companies to start using city dumps to get rid of the snow b/c the snow was so contaminated with garbage (and salt… but for this blog lets say garbage).