Last weekend, Junior and family hiked around the Barriefield rock garden, through the village, and down and around Constantine Arena. Such a lovely (and at the risk of triggering a late blizzard) Spring day. Unfortunately one of the of the lesser remarked aspects of the end of hibernation is the blight revealed as the snow recedes. Amid the new buds forming and the slow transformation of browned grass to green, there before us lay the ubiquitous Tim Hortons cup.
If it were only the cups of course – rather everywhere we looked in the course of our walk it became immediately apparent that a tremendous amount of trash is swirled and whirled and caught up in the brambles and branches during the winter months. Among the other items I discovered were: several plastic drink bottles, one large plastic coolant container, chocolate bar and snack wrappers, small blocks of Styrofoam, and so on. I ended up filling only a small plastic bag – but could easily have filled several large garbage bags worth.
Which leads me really to the point of this post: namely, when exactly did Kingstonians abandon personal responsibility? Do you really want Kingston to look like this? How hard is it to place your garbage into a garbage can – or better yet take it home with you? Of course part of the answer to that question is – which garbage can? I can’t think of even one public garbage can in the entire area of Barriefield.
Perhaps residents don’t think it is their problem to deal with? I note that we seem very happy to have various levels of government collect our trash and recyclables – mostly because participation in these efforts takes very little personal effort, as the collection of our disposables is conducted at arms length financed by taxes – requiring very little in the way of active personal participation. Perhaps it is too much to ask people not to litter, especially when we have become accustomed to having ‘the government’ take care of it. However, I would like to think Kingstonians care about their city and the image it projects to residents and visitors, so I challenge you to clean up after yourselves!
Get out of your cars, go for a walk and take a bag along with you. I guarantee you will find no shortage of garbage which needs cleaning.