Letter to editor: True environmentalists pick up their trash

Dear Editor:

I was an environmentalist before it was popular. I boycotted McDonald’s for using Styrofoam container and purchased organic milk and food before such lifestyle choices came in vogue. I commute to work in Seattle. I ride the bus and am happy that there is a bus stop walking distance from my home on 5th Ave.  I have gone as many as 40 days without driving my single household use vehicle.

I am happy to see that the City is moving forward on so many environment issues. However, being environmentally sound consists not only watching energy consumption and recycling but also disposing of trash properly.

When I got to my bus stop this morning the trash can near my bus stop was full and overflowing — again. This trash bin is full and overflowing at least once a week  This morning there were single use plastic bags, Styrofoam cups and dog feces on the ground. I found a trash bin nearby where I could deposit most of the loose debris. However, I was not about to pick of the dog feces.

This morning, the wind was blowing and it was raining. It is probable that the trash I picked up would have ended up in the Sound and disrupted the environment otherwise. I cannot even start outlining the possible health risks of having dog feces on the sidewalk.

City Hall: If you want to be taken seriously as an environmental stewards, dispose of trash properly. Be aware that there may be certain trash bins that need to be emptied more often.

Citizens of Edmonds: You consider yourself environmental stewards because you support laws against single use trash bags and solar panels on the roof of Anderson Center. How about finding a trash bin that can accommodate your waste when the one you use is full? How about disposing your dog feces properly?

Trash is an environmental issue. Thank you for your consideration.

Priya Sinha

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