Having grown up at the very time that America decided to do something about all that litter everywhere – and it was EVERYWHERE, I have internalized the anti-litter ethic. Nothing ticks me off like a litterbug.
But people aren’t born caring about street neatness. That’s why volunteer organizations like Keep America Beautiful and Keep Islip Clean are critical. If people want their communities to shine, litterwise, we have to bring along the children. Lectures and programs in the schools are important, as is sponsorship and participation in community cleanups – children will live what they learn.
And parents must set the example. A parent who casually litters is sending the wrong message to their child.