Some people show no respect for our natural environment, or for others who like to enjoy its beauty!
Last Wednesday, I went down to the Thames River and removed the garbage can that I had placed at the fishing hole near my home. All the garbage and recyclables were in the can as intended. The fishing hole was clean and everything looked great.
Then I went to the Trafalgar Bridge on Line 12, where I keep two garbage cans for the fishermen to use. There was a plastic garbage can floating in the water. I hooked it with my pole and garbage poured out of it. Some inconsiderate person obviously threw it off the bridge full of garbage and recyclables! I hooked what I could before the current carried it away. There were lots of Halloween wrappers so it hadn't been there very long.
The brown garbage can (with wheels) must have been sprayed by a skunk and the owner must have decided to throw it off the bridge into the Thames. Does anyone know who got their garbage can sprayed recently?
Then I cleaned up all around the bridge and almost filled the can with litter. And yes, I DID mention already in this letter that there were two garbage cans available for the fishermen.
Over the years, thousands of volunteers have helped clean up our Thames River and it disgusts me to see this lack of respect.
If you see anyone littering or dumping garbage, call the police. We need to make an example of some of these careless individuals, and maybe make them clean up doing community service hours.
Todd Sleeper, Friends of the Thames