Steviebike wrote:I'm fed-up with letter. Everywhere I go there is litter.
Sounds like the Taiwanese have more in common with Americans than we first suspected!
What part of America have you been to? I'm from California and have never seen litter even approaching what we have here. I've asked my students "Who's visited America?" and then I ask "Did you see any litter on the beach?" and to a person they've all shook their heads no.
I live on the beach here and it's abhorrent. People just leave their shit all over the place. Who raised these people? Why do they think that's okay?
Like ecaps I pick up a bag of litter when I walk my dogs but it barely makes a dent. I can fill the bag in the last 6 yards of my walk. I only do it so I can soothe myself. The trash collectors think I'm crazy because I have more recycling than anyone else. One of my neighbors asked me if I'm turning the shit in for recycling. The same neighbor, I might add, who hands her grandchildren plastic garbage and instructs them to throw it on the beach.
It's repugnant and something needs to be done.
However, I am the first to admit that the same thing would be happening in America if public trash cans weren't conveniently placed at nearly all public places. I've been through the "People dump all their personal trash" convo and it just goes to show how f'ed up the trash system is here. I have a friend who works in the local government and I asked her why they don't put out public trash cans at beautiful places like the rivers where we go to bbq (by the way I drove THAT group of friends crazy picking up every bit of litter in the place. They were nice about it, but I'm sure there was a lot of mental eye-rolling at the ridiculous foreigner). Anyways, she says that they don't put out public trash cans anymore because they'd just fill up. A mountain of garbage, she said, so we took them away. Well yeah. You've got to empty them too.
Litter situation won't change until the garbage system changes.