Elisa Shackelton: Say ‘thanks’ to those who keep our community clean
I watched the guys take my garbage from the curb this morning and realized how thankful I am for people who perform the many thankless jobs that exist in our community.
We all too often take for granted that “somebody” will remove the waste and debris around us, whether it is at the movie theater, the soccer field or on the roadside.
Please remember to say “thanks” to those who clean up the spaces and places you frequent. And if they work night or early morning shifts, leave them a note of thanks every once in a while.
Once I started thinking about it, the following people came to mind, although I am sure I have probably missed some folks:
• Our local solid waste and landfill employees who have to haul, bury and go home smelling like our trash each day
• Employees and volunteers who help with our local recycling services and facilities
• The highway clean-up employees and volunteers who help keep our roadways beautiful and safe
• Our city and county parks and recreation employees who clear away the trash we leave behind after picnics, ball games, soccer and hockey practice, etc.
• Our fairgrounds employees who clean up after every wedding, rodeo, family reunion, employee picnic or local fundraising event
• Our city and county maintenance and custodial employees who keep our public buildings a clean and safe places to work and to do business
• Our city and county road and bridge employees who keep our streets and roads swept, grated, plowed and maintained
• The water treatment facility employees who provide us with clean drinking water and who process our waste sewage
• The people who clean our public swimming pools
• The people who clean our local businesses, offices and medical facilities
• All the dishwashers and people who keep restaurants a place where we can safely enjoy a meal out
• Volunteers and employees of our local thrift shops who limit what goes into the landfill and enable our household goods to be recycled
• Our weed and pest management employees who limit the populations of noxious weeds and insect pests in Northwest Colorado
• Whoever it is that clears dead animals from the roadways
• Everyone else whose work enables the rest of us to live in a clean community.
Do your part to keep our community litter-free.
Litter is more than just an eyesore.
It is a health and safety hazard as well. Litter can create areas that attract disease-carrying pests, such as rats, skunks and mosquitoes. Litter can also be harmful to wildlife. Animals, birds and fish can be injured by soda cans, cigarette butts, plastic wrappers and other kinds of litter.
Litter-strewn roads and highways hurt tourism by creating a negative image for state visitors. One of the indirect costs is the potential water pollution often caused by illegal dumping and litter. Please clean up after yourself whenever you are away from home by depositing waste items in the appropriate trash or recycling container provided, or taking them home with you when a container isn’t available.
For more information, contact Elisa at the CSU Moffat County Extension Office, 539 Barclay, 824-9180.
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