The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Editorials

May 8, 2013

We share responsibility to end litter

DANVILLE — The young man walked northward along Gilbert Street, tipping back his can of soda as he crossed the end of Memorial Bridge and started to take the curve toward Main Street.

He finished his drink as dozens of vehicles passed him, and he casually flipped the empty can over the guardrail and into the bushes at the end of the bridge.

Judging from the amount of debris, little and other trash dotting the streets of local communities, the young man shares his lack of concern about his surroundings with a lot of other people.

City employees work hard to make the community look good. Just yards away from where the young man tossed his trash, the triangle at Gilbert and Main holds attractive plants.

No one can be sure these days, but we’d guess this young man would not be happy if someone walked by his place and tossed an empty can into the yard.

So why would he think it was all right to do the same thing to the property the taxpayers of Danville pay to maintain?

Littering not only diminishes the city’s appearance, it can create health concerns and, in some cases, safety hazards.

This young man had nothing else in his hands as he walked along. It would not have been a problem for him to carry the empty can to the nearest trash receptacle and toss it away.

Public areas of the city — such as streets and parks — belong to everyone. And it should be everybody’s duty to help keep them looking good.

We all need to pick up after ourselves and stop being such slobs.

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