The idea of leaving your stuff behind for someone else to pick up is simply incomprehensible. After Memorial Day this year, KSBY reported on the gross amount of trash left on Avila Beach after the weekend. Volunteers and staff picked up mountains of garbage — 50 trash cans full of garbage left by visitors. People’s thoughtlessness costs taxpayer dollars and takes valuable time away from volunteers who would not spend the “day after” picking up others’ garbage.
Many of us who do value a trash-free community want to remind everyone — whether a first-time visitor or regular guest to our beautiful coastal communities — that we don’t want garbage left to pick up after you leave. Our city and county parks, the trails and beaches are not trash cans to conveniently toss out waste, cigarette butts, food containers, broken umbrellas or chairs.
As you pack your picnic to head to the beach or park, please think of the choices you have. First, consider bringing reusable containers, refillable water bottles and your own coffee mugs. Purchase recyclable, compostable or reusable products. Think of the environment we must protect from our footprints.
Janine Rands, San Luis Obispo
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