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.

Andrea Bearden-Kuhns February 17, 2014 at 11:07 AM
To some, the world is their ashtray. Along with butts, their is the dog poop left anywhere it falls. This annoys me when out on the many trails we use, there is always dog stations with bags and trash cans just for the poop. This is either laziness or people not keeping their dogs on leash, which is the LAW here in CA.
Lisa Blake February 17, 2014 at 01:08 PM
Andrea I agree with you. Walking along the Carlsbad path near the ocean, there is poop everywhere. So frustrating. I don't care if your dog is friendly, it still needs to be on a leash. What if it sees a cat across the street and darts into traffic?
BlueAngel2 February 18, 2014 at 02:08 AM
I refuse to pick up dog poop!
Madeleine Szabo February 18, 2014 at 07:38 AM
Please just pick up the bottles, the cans, the plastic and paper cups strewn everywhere. It's not that difficult. Dog owners should be responsible for their dogs. I have picked up the plastic bags of dog poop that are carelessly thrown along the road, because the plastic is non-biodegradable, but even that makes me cringe with disgust. I just know that if I don't do it, no one else will, and I care too much about maintaining the beauty of my environment. Thanks.
Cyndee Trusk February 18, 2014 at 07:47 PM
What ever happen to the Carlsbad Coast Sidewalk Cleaning Program??? The sidewalks are disgusting with dog poop everywhere!!! This is a beautiful coastal community and should keep it up!!! Please follow thru!!! Thank you!!!
barbara segal February 18, 2014 at 08:37 PM
thanks, Cyndee....how about a huge fine for anyone seen not cleaning up their disgusting dog mess. Someone should put THEM on a leash.
BlueAngel2 February 19, 2014 at 01:33 AM
Those that are littering will continue to do so because they know others are picking it up. That only enhances what they are doing. The city should be responsible for keeping their city clean especially that awful stuff on the nice walkway by the ocean.
Madeleine Szabo February 19, 2014 at 07:35 AM
Thanks for your comment, BlueAngel2. I have thought many times about the dilemma that people will continue littering because they know others will pick it up, but then I think, if I don't pick it up, no one else will, and really, how hard is it to pick up a little trash here and there. I am hoping to lead by example. People can't be that selfish, can they? And remember the words of JFK: "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country".
BlueAngel2 February 19, 2014 at 10:18 AM
My way of thinking is if it makes you feel good to pick up someone else's trash, then do it. I am not a garbage collector and I don't want to entice someone else to keep leaving their trash because they see Madeleine picking it up. The city staff get paid well to keep Carlsbad clean....call city hall and complain.
Madeleine Szabo February 19, 2014 at 12:26 PM
I couldn't agree more that the city staff should pick it up, but there is so much and they have many things to do. I am not willing to pay even higher taxes to pay for City staff to pick up the litter (presumably they are currently too busy performing other services for the City), litter that irresponsible people are discarding. I am not a trash lover; I just love the beautiful Carlsbad landscape when it is not marred by unsightly litter. Frankly, if people know City workers pick it up, then they will be even more inclined to throw litter everywhere. Everyone should rail against those we see litter. Why should such irresponsible people cost us more money in higher taxes to pay for City staff to pick it up? Let's all band together to take control of our City and keep it beautiful. I hate litter and I don't depend on others to pick it up. It truly doesn't take long to pick up a discarded bottle or cup, and thankfully there are refuse containers everywhere (I pass four on my jog). Yes, it is "someone else's trash," but I value a pristine landscape too much to just let disgusting litter blemish it. Thanks for your comment, though.
BlueAngel2 February 19, 2014 at 01:43 PM
I do hope you are using gloves when you pick the trash up. You could get some dreaded disease as you don't know where this stuff has been. Frankly, you are taking a huge risk. Again, it is the city's responsibility and that is why we pay our taxes so they can do their job. What I hate to see even more than the trash is the little children running barefoot and playing on the grass where the dogs have used it as their toilet. Can you imagine what they are picking up on their clothes and feet? I shutter at the thought.
Rob Whitey February 20, 2014 at 09:26 AM
Madeleine Szabo "I just know that if I don't do it, no one else will, and I care too much about maintaining the beauty of my environment. Thanks. " Thank you for posting this. But, just to let you know there are others that feel like you do and do their share of litter patrol. The people that just throw their crap on the ground suck. The people that let their dogs crap without picking it up suck. What really gets my goat is the one's that pick up the crap in a bag, than leave the bag of crap on the ground. REALLY? Some people just really suck. But, than there's the one's that I see with a bag and long grabbers that walk and pick up as they go along. I get some that say "thank you" and that makes me feel good. But instead of saying "thank you" I would feel better inside if the next time I saw them walking they too had a bag and a litter grabber just picking up here and there while walking. Sorry for the ramble, and thanks again for this post.
Madeleine Szabo 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 Szabo 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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