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Keeping Carlsbad Beautiful

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Please help me keep Carlsbad clean and beautiful.  

When you go out walking or running, it's not too much trouble to bring a plastic bag with you and pick up the trash that is irresponsibly thrown on the side of the road or sidewalk.  

Just remember, if you don’t do it, no one else will and the trash builds up, is not good for the environment, and is unsightly.  

I jog the same route, 4.7 miles, everyday. And everyday I pick up three bags of litter, which I discard in three refuse containers that I pass.  

Please join me in keeping Carlsbad clean. The landscape is too beautiful to have it marred by hideous garbage. Thank you.

Madeleine February 21, 2014 at 09:09 AM
Rob,, thank you for your support. I too am always heartened by seeing others carrying a plastic bag to pick up litter. I know there are many out there who voluntarily clean up the surroundings for everyone to enjoy a beautiful environment. I just mean that everyone should not wait for others to pick up the trash. If people think that no one else will pick it up, not wait for someone else to do it, and do it themselves, then we live in a litter-free clean Carlsbad!
Rob Whitey February 21, 2014 at 10:42 AM
I concur (I just like saying that :) ). It doesn't make me feel good to pick up after others. I'd rather not. It just sucks to see the same piece of trash everyday. Sometimes with someone standing right next to it as if it's a flower. Sometimes it's not people. Sometimes it's the birds, wind, etc. I use the pickup tong things. So I'm not touching the trash. Maybe if the city gave out those tongs like in a litter awareness month advertisement, or something. Maybe more will carry them on their walks. You can't have that "not my area" attitude. The city can't do everything.
Madeleine February 21, 2014 at 11:24 AM
I just don't want my hard-earned tax dollars used to pay City workers to pick up after sloppy irresponsible people. The City staff have enough to do to service the residents. If they spend their time picking up litter, the City workers are not focusing on all the other needs of the City and that impacts everyone. I would much rather take the extra few seconds myself to pick up the trash rather than have the City take the time away from other good services or than have to pay more taxes to hire more City workers to pick up litter daily). Thanks again for your agreement and support, Rob!
JC February 22, 2014 at 12:48 AM
I'm in Madeleine's camp on litter pick up. I can't stand the sight of it and see people sitting at the beach with it blowing around them and they don't seem to see it--but then thank me when they see me pick it up. No, it's "not my job", but getting rid of it instead of lamenting about the slobs who leave it or the city who should be picking it up will not make it go away. So I make it go away and enjoy the result.
BlueAngel2 February 22, 2014 at 05:09 PM
I hope you two good stewards will bring your mop and bucket and scrub the ocean walkway while you seem to be so ambitious and have loads of time on your hands. Again, it is the job of the city to keep their city clean. That is why we pay our taxes and why they get the big salaries.

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