Past articles in this column have featured interviews of various members of KOMB. The articles were introduced with “Just who are those people you see with vests and grabbers walking along the roadside picking up other people’s litter?”
One of the questions asked of the interviewees was “What is your pet peeve (related to the topic)?” Some of those pet peeves, with some colorful language, included: “Those who litter believe that their lazy, momentary convenience trumps the common good. I am amazed at their mindset that someone else will clean up after them. Also, I think that people who are too cheap or too lazy to go to the dump should be prosecuted for offloading on dead end roads.” (Judith Johnson, Bass Lake).
“When people throw big items like couches, water heaters, cars, washing machines, and truck loads of household trash over the side of the road. It can still be seen from the road but makes it very difficult to get to.” (MJ Brent, Oakhurst).
“My biggest pet peeve regarding litter is the amount of cigarette butts. In one mile, thousands of cigarette butts can be found. Not only are they unsightly and take forever to decompose, they are such a fire hazard in our mountain area. Don’t blankety-blank people think? I just don’t get it.” (Linda).
“First, I cannot understand the purposeful litterer - the one who throws their McDonalds bag out the car window. That behavior is completely irresponsible. Then there is the parent who is aware that their child has just thrown down some litter and does nothing about it. That is a teachable moment. When such behavior is ignored by the parent, the child has just learned that his trash is someone else’s responsibility.” (Judy Linda Horn, North Fork).
“Cigarette butts. There’s no blankety-blank reason a person can’t properly dispose of a cigarette butt. I wish I had a dollar for every cigarette butt I picked up.” (Jenn La Duca, Ahwahnee).
“Unsecured loads in the backs of trucks. One thing that seems to happen often is bags of trash that aren’t tied down fly out of truck beds and land on the sides of the roads. Also, many of the items I find are from construction businesses, such as drywall, electrical or plumbing parts, carpeting, gloves...” (Gail Lippner, Coarsegold).
Despite our efforts at increasing public awareness and all the cleaning up KOMB members and volunteers have done over the past 10 years, our pet peeves continue. As you can see, KOMB members are from all over Eastern Madera County. You’re invited to join us at our meetings and cleanups. To get on our email list, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.