Response to "Litter
By John Kiser
February 08, 2007
Mr. Cegelske's letter on "Liter and Slobs" was on the
mark in many ways. It is a disgrace to see what some of us do
to this area.
There is one point, however, that needs to be clarified so that
no one will misinterpret his statement about dumping trash at
a car wash.
In his article, Mr. Cegelske wrote, "If they were really
interested in cleaning up their vehicle they could have used
a car wash and placed their trash in the trash cans there."
The point of the sentence being that, IF YOU USE THE CAR WASH
(TO WASH YOUR CAR), THEN YOU CAN PUT THE CAR-TYPE TRASH IN THE
TRASH CANS THERE. I am sure that Mr. Cegelske was not suggesting
that people go to the car wash to dump their trash.
Unfortunately this is what people do everyday.
We need to remember that car washes are private businesses. They
should not be considered trash dumps any more than any other
business or house is a trash dump.
I know that the owners of the North Tongass Car Wash have been
plagued with literally hundreds of pounds of non-car-type trash
weekly. Some of the things that have been dumped there are: car
and truck parts (weighing hundred of pounds), old batteries,
tires, huge bags of diapers, bloody fish guts and animal carcasses,
broken furniture and lamps, worn out carpet, bed parts, broken
dishes, fishing gear, appliances, hazardous cleaning materials
and building materials. There were also many things that were
dumped that could have been donated to the Salvation Army for
others to use.
Many of the people, who do this kind of dumping, don't even patronize
the car wash. They do just what a misinterpretation of Mr. Cegelske's
sentence might suggest; they use it as a trash dump, leaving
the car wash owners with the job and expense of taking other
people's trash to the dump.
Cleaning out car trash , WHEN YOU USE THE CAR WASH is expected.
Loading up your car or truck with household trash and dumping
it at the car wash, even if you wash your car there, is really
taking unfair advantage of a local small business owner. It is
lazy, thoughtless and littering, which, the last time I looked,
By the way, Mr. Cegelske, the comment about the trash can lids
was not true, if you were talking about the North Tongass Car
Wash. I know for a fact that their trash cans have lids and
that they are used every day. Obviously, however, when people
come and overfill the cans, and others pile trash around the
vacuum cleaners, it is going to look bad until it can be picked
up and taken to the dump by someone who works at the car wash.
Received February 07, 2007 - Published February 08, 2006
About: "Friend of the
car wash owner; I have helped him haul the trash I mention."
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and the Slobs By Jerry Cegelske - Ketchikan, AK
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