The recent islandwide effort by members of the public, who voluntarily took time out from their personal schedules to pick up thousands of individual pieces of garbage carelessly strewn around by irresponsible fellow island dwellers, is an almost wasted effort.
Several days after the volunteer cleanup, which I personally did with my 5-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter, I noticed that the bags which were placed on the side of the roads, as instructed, remained there – many of which had now been torn open by wild chickens or stray dogs and were back to being strewn all over the road and verge! What is the point of doing the cleanup if the garbage is not collected immediately thereafter?
My children are asking to do another cleanup this weekend, and again thereafter, but I’m now reluctant when our hours of effort are seemingly wasted. This needs to be a group effort by both the members of the public bagging the garbage to the Department of Environment promptly collecting it, otherwise it completely defeats the object!