ANYONE driving by the McDonald’s parking lot the evening of April 17 would have seen a massive Geier Waste Services dumpster filled to the brim and a sizeable amount of trash stacked beside it.
It was evidence of another successful garbathon hosted by the Greater Terrace Beautification Society, the city and SkeenaWild Conservation Trust with the assistance of a growing number of sponsors.
The addition of a barbecue and music and the encouragement of a fine spring day added to the large turnout.
Much credit goes toward those who participated in ridding the city and area of an accumulation of coffee cups, food containers, bottles, cans, clothes, shoes and all matters of items which should require handling only by those wearing a haz-mat suit.
But, depressingly, areas around schools will once again soon indicate a minority of students couldn’t care less about their conduct. The same goes for people who seemingly will throw anything away that can possibly fit out of the window of a vehicle and then some.
The irony of a garbathon is having success determined by the amount of refuse collected. Some day, however, it would be marvelous to gauge a garbathon’s success by the lack of garbage, for that would then be a sign that the message is getting through – there’s no reason to litter or treat the outdoors like a massive dump.
This editorial is in the April 27, 2011 print issue of The Terrace Standard.