Penny for your Thoughts


by Mz. Penny

A few years ago, the Post Office took away their recycling bins. One of the reasons given from head office was the risk of personal identification theft. Now to my mind, if a person is foolish enough to drop something personal in a public recycling bin, that’s their problem. But I guess that Canada Post thinks differently.

Whenever I collect my mail, I see a pile of flyers just dumped on the floor, and I think to myself, what prompts people to dump their so called junk mail on the floor? Are they trying to make a political statement to the post office, to local businesses who send them out (and remember many of these businesses support our community), or are they just uncaring, with no regard for others, including the staff who are left to pick it up? Remember, whatever your aim is to dump this on the floor, it was not the staff’s decision to eliminate these bins but they are left to clean up after you. 

I don’t have the answer to what kind of people do this. Are they the same ones who dump their coffee cups (or whatever) out their car windows? Not my problem? For the past 20 years, I have observed the same couple going up and down Pinehill Road in Kemptville, picking up the garbage left behind by careless people coming out of the fast food places in the Mall at the end of the road. And there is a lot of it.

There are many ways to make a political point, but when doing so, have some respect for the people who have to clean up after you. For you, it may be a political statement, although throwing your garbage out of a car window has me just gobsmacked. Perhaps it is due to the garbage bins being removed from the fast food stores? For that action, I was told that people were bringing in bags of garbage from their homes and dumping them in their bins. 

Let’s try to think about our actions more carefully and who we are hurting the most. And kudos to that couple who take the time to pick up after you, up and down Pinehill Road.


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