s this is an editorial we’ve written repeatedly in the past but feel compelled to write yet again, we’ll keep it short and sweet today.
In Jackson County, everyone seems to be pitching in to combat litter.
The second annual Cleaning up the Mountains runs through Saturday.
County leaders plan to piggyback on that effort with a new anti-litter campaign that will in part focus on public awareness in tackling the trash scourge.
The 35th annual Tuck River Cleanup will be held Saturday, April 13. Thought to be the largest single-day trash removal effort involving a waterway in the country, it’s a massive event featuring hundreds of volunteers cleaning up the Tuckaseigee River between Cullowhee and Whittier.
If you’re interested in helping out with Cleaning Up, contact the Jackson County Public Works Department at 586-2437. Information on the Tuck cleanup can be obtained through event organizer Kay Tufts at email@example.com or 227-8804.
Steven Reinhold of Sylva has added his own twist to the array of cleanup efforts with the “Trash Bag Challenge,’’ a viral sensation that has taken hold on social media. Before-and-after photos of cleanup efforts by individuals and groups around the country and planet are popping up like mushrooms after a summer rain under #trashtag.
We encourage everyone to do their part, and applaud the organizers and volunteers devoted to these efforts.
If you can’t help, there’s still something you can do:
Don’t be part of the problem.
It isn’t hard to not litter. If you wind up with some trash in your vehicle, just wait until you stop for gas, or stop on Main Street, or stop at pretty much any business. There are trash cans all over the place. Just give it a minute and you’ll come to one.
But no, along our four-lanes and rural roads, some people just seen bent on committing a crime of opportunity and chucking their garbage out the window.
It’s bad manners.
It’s a slap in the face to the community and to the beautiful place we were born in or chose to call home.
It’s dangerous. The army of volunteers out cleaning up behind the thoughtlessness or others are placing life and limb at risk doing their cleanup work along our highways and byways.
They wouldn’t be out there if certain inconsiderate individuals weren’t giving them something to do.
And so, to the point:
If you can’t pitch in to combat litter … at least quit pitching it out.