I walk past Rockridge school with my dogs every morning.
On Saturday and Sunday mornings recently, the school grounds and the sports field are littered with fast food and junk food wrappers, beer cans and bottles (sometimes broken), and personal items.
These “gifts” are not just left by errant Rockridge students, but also by other partying youth in the neighbourhood, including private school and university students.
Recently, the litter included a thermal coffee mug with advertising from a local school of business, and a child’s large plastic easel that had been demolished, with pieces scattered across several hundred metres of school grounds.
Recently, an old kitchen stove was left in the student parking lot.
Garbage cans are conveniently located, literally within tossing distance from the litter. But who picks up this garbage? It is picked up by dedicated school custodians, usually immigrant Canadians, who should be able to spend their time doing more productive things than pick up after entitled partiers. Think about it, and pick up after yourselves!
Susanna Bell-Irving Gray
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