I felt my stomach sink as I read the letter “Reach Out to Nonprofits for a Concert Garbage Cleanup Plan” (July 11). As a volunteer, I cleaned up other people’s garbage (in the name of running a recycling program) over the past six months at church. It was not fun, and nobody made money off it. I grew more and more frustrated with both the volume and the types of trash created, especially by folks unaware that these were recycling receptacles.
I know we can’t all be tree-huggers like me, but I wish people would take responsibility for their own trash. If you consume it, consider how to 1) reduce, 2) reuse and 3) recycle your waste products. People now carry a body burden of detectable levels of all sorts of man-made toxic compounds. The era of mindless mass consumption followed by mass disposal (“elsewhere” — wait — there is no elsewhere) should end. Pack-it-in, pack-it-out. Don’t expect someone else to clean up after you. If you don’t like living in a pile of trash, don’t create one.
Definitely raise ticket prices to fund trash removal at events with a history. Hire people to clean up instead of exploiting volunteers in the name of charity. We have an unemployment problem, after all. The people who should do voluntary trash cleanup are the people who create the trash — they should voluntarily clean up after themselves.