The inhabitants of Paradise seem to have a problem keeping their environment clean. Many do not use bins to discard plastic goblets, bottles or other food containers. I have seen some shocking scenes such as when passengers of a car in front of ours wound down their window and promptly threw out a plastic bottle. In our street, passengers of passing cars often throw out their trash in the flower beds on either side of the road. One incident was the limit when a group of youngsters returning from a day out at the seaside stopped their vehicle in front of our home and decided to empty trash and sand into the flower bed. Others were using the entrance lane to a religious convent as a smoking parlour and littering the lane with cigarette butts and empty beer cans. Worse, local inhabitants were taking their dogs into the same entrance lane to the church and allowing the animal’s morning constitution. Not very pleasant for devotees attending the church. How often do we see illegal dumping on people’s land with eyesores like old refrigerators and construction materials.
Some Municipalities are not much better when you see the way that garbage is collected. They use open trucks which are not suitable for the job. Bins are manually emptied into the backs of trucks which are open and rubbish is often blown back on the road by the wind. After the passage of these refuse trucks the roads and lanes often look worse. Plainly an inefficient and unhygienic method of garbage collection.
What do you do with this mindset? All the publicity campaigns do not seem to motivate the public. So how will the long-term recycling project evolve when most lack interest or just do not care. Can you imagine, today, requesting the public to sort trash into separate lots for recycling purposes. How can you enforce a nation-wide recycling system when most will not respect trash sorting. It will probably take a very long time to educate the public and set-up a recycling collection system similar to the ones already working in Europe. In the meantime Paradise is getting trashed.