keep the beaches clean

Greece
April 6, 2013 7:44am CST
Our local beach is still looking a mess although visitors will soon be coming. I was pleased to notice that the Council have made a start, but the mess they have to clear from last year is unbelievable. Plastic plates and plastic knives and forks - just left there. Drink cans, meat cans, plastic bags all scattered around under the trees where people picniced in the shade. Volunteers are going out this weekend to help with some of the work but they will mostly be oldies who should not be bending down and picking up litter left by a younger generation. Where is national pride, that is what I would like to know. We are suffering with austerity measures but it costs nothing to pick up one's rubbish and take it home or put it in a litter bin.
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@cupkitties (6689)
• United States
6 Apr 13
Some of its laziness and parents these days are not teaching their kids to clean up after themselves. The parents are cleaning the kids rooms for them and picking up whatever the kid drops. Not smart.
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• Greece
7 Apr 13
That is a good point, cleanliness begins at home.
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@MsTickle (24752)
• Australia
10 Apr 13
I think parents are falling down on the training of their kids too. So much is being taken for granted.
@sylvia13 (1851)
• Nelson Bay, Australia
7 Apr 13
Your suggestion is a very good idea and it should inspire the younger generation to do their share of the work that needs to be done on your local beach!
@celticeagle (111796)
• Boise, Idaho
6 Apr 13
I don't have any beaches around here but I have to walk out across the parking lot to get to my car. I see candy wrappers, straws, papers all over it. My grandson knows to bring in his trash or I get on him. Why are foreigners so messy? National pride falls to parents to teach their kids to be proud of their surroundings and actually teach them something. It could be made into a game or anything but parents just don't think. Do they expect their kids to know? No! No one cares. Pretty pathetic.
@prashu228 (18824)
• India
6 Apr 13
Hi Hmm even our beaches are very bad. Previously it was not like that everything use to be clean but now may be due to the increase in population and low cleanliness habits there is plastic everywhere. some volunteers do the cleaning work and also the government organisations but then still its the same. I used to enjoy a lot but now i almost stopped going to beaches due to the mess i see there.
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• Canada
6 Apr 13
Hi Where I live their is always a bit of litter and fall leaves but we do not have the amount you are describing. It would be nice to see the younger generation help there, we recycle and I think the younger generation here know that it is really for them and their children that we are doing that now. Take care
@marguicha (76289)
• Chile
6 Apr 13
I agree with you. And there are several beaches in my country that have the same problem in spite of having garbage cans so that people can throw there their trash. I have been to clean beaches elsewhere and I am ashamed that we cannot keep ours clean.
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@Kmz059 (662)
• Philippines
6 Apr 13
Yes I agree with you, the beaches are getting dirtier and dirtier, because of the improper disposal of garbages, and because of luck of the dicipline of the people. I hope Government will take an action for it. Let's save mother eath :)
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@scubapro (1058)
• Gifu, Japan
6 Apr 13
i cant understand people who throw the rubbish outside ,especially plastics. plastics are really dangerous for nature and especially on the beach ,there are many plastic glasses and bottles . i cant understand why people dont care the sea is ours,so why we make it dirty its really strange happy mylotting
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@allknowing (54673)
• India
6 Apr 13
There is a beach close to my place but luckily there is a beach resort there who regularly clean the beach. I have enjoyed many beaches but the cleanest of all was the Bondi Beach in Australia. There the government does the cleaning on a war footing I am told every 4 days.
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@maximax8 (27049)
6 Apr 13
I went to a lovely looking beach in Latvia. It had rubbish bins and wooden benches. People used to rubbish bins so the beach looked clean. They had a comfortable place to sit. National pride really matters. The only place rubbish should go is a bin. Some rubbish if put in the right place can be recycled. Good luck to all the people clearing up your local beach. Lets hope it will be kept looking clean and tidy.
@prashu228 (18824)
• India
6 Apr 13
That's so good people are aware of the cleanliness. yes of course its a nations pride. But some doesn't really realize this they just dont care what they throw outside. People should take this seriously.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
6 Apr 13
Simple matter is to put litter or trash baskets there for the people to put in their trash. Once you do that, most of your problem will be solved and then all is needed is for a truck to come periodically and empty all the trash. The reason that people are leaving the trash is not because they are inconsiderate, it is that when one goes on a picnic, one does not take a plastic bag from home to put things in, one gets one at the shops. So if you do not have a plastic bag with you that is empty, you will likely leave the trash there. Although it would be best for everyone to put all their trash in one location until the council decides to get permanent trash baskets or containers for the people to put their rubbish in. Once that happens, the beaches will be cleaner.
• Greece
7 Apr 13
There are bins, some are ignored and some are overloaded. It is the thoughtlessness of the people that is the problem.
@MsTickle (24752)
• Australia
10 Apr 13
Yes, it's such a shame isn't? The whole concept of going to the beach for a picnic is ruined because of these lazy, thoughtless selfish people. Maybe the local council should start charging for parking nearby in an effort to pay for the cost of cleaning people's rubbish. I live in rugged country that cannot be called beautiful or scenic or even very interesting to most but it is made worse by the people who throw their rubbish out of cars as they travel along. It's so disgraceful to see and ruins any attempt for mother nature to do her best in this rugged part of the world. What makes it interesting are the creeks, the wattle which does look beautiful and the wildlife. Today, an emu tried to attack my car as I drove home. It was fascinating and I couldn't wipe the grin off my face. Racing an emu is amazing when I'm doing 80klms an hour.
• United States
8 Apr 13
It's hard to show the next generation what something will look like it they don't take care of it, look at our freedom. You should help organize a beach clean up day, I'm sure people will respond and help. I would employ the younger crowd to help because they are the ones who will be able to enjoy it more if they just take care of it now. Good luck.
• United States
6 Apr 13
they need to put cameras around that will capture these people and give them fines. that will get them to pick up after themselves.
@dragon54u (31184)
• United States
6 Apr 13
This is a subject that really burns me up! People will complain about litter but leave behind their own trash! I raised my kids not to litter. I told them the earth is nothing more than an extension of our own house. Once, I stopped the car and made my son walk back and pick up a gum wrapper he threw out and to my knowledge he's never littered again. We picked up others' litter when we were walking or went anyplace, even the grounds of their school. The problem would be mostly solved in 15 years or so if people would just teach their kids to treat everywhere like their own home. Unfortunately, many people treat their own houses just as badly as they treat the common space we all share. Shaming and fining litterers can also work if everyone cooperates and lawyers don't get involved to negate the fines/sentences.