Littering wastes tax dollars
As Jennings Daily News reporters snapped photos of floodwaters across Jeff Davis and Acadia parishes Thursday, we couldn’t help but notice the amount of trash filling roads, yards and ditches.
One topic we are always reporting on is drainage. It seems one municipality or more is always discussing drainage problems and improvements and citizens are always pushing for a better system.
After looking at Thursday’s floods, it seems there is a cheap, easy action we could all take to help improve drainage: stop littering.
Obviously, floods cannot be prevented and natural debris like mud, leaves and branches aid in clogging culverts. A major problem clogging the system, though, is trash, which could only be put there by humans.
Littering is not only lazy; it is also dangerous. You might think throwing an empty glass bottle into a ditch will not bother anyone, but once floodwaters carry that bottle onto the roadway and an unsuspecting motorist crushes it with a tire, someone has a problem.
Littering is a big problem, too. The Great American Cleanup, sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, reported that in one year, 2.3 million volunteers picked up 148 million pounds of litter and debris in 14,000 communities across the U.S. That does not count community volunteers and student and civic organizations that also take the time to clean up neighborhoods and roadways, or even cleaning efforts performed by local and state governments.
By filling our ditches with trash, citizens are only wasting their own money.
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