- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)44
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)6
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)2
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)35
- Tanker truck catches fire near Oak Ridge (04/24/16)7
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
Eye on litter
The good news: The anti-litter campaign that has involved communities, organizations and individuals throughout the region has had an impact. Because littering and efforts to eliminate it have received so much focus, our streets and neighborhoods are tidier. More people are thinking about litter and the impact it has on our lives. Organizations that adopt highways and streets are being more conscientious about their duties.
The not-so-good news: The anti-litter campaign kicked off several months ago and picked up considerable steam. Then came summer and all the activities and vacations that disrupt our routines. Then came hurricanes and other disasters that grabbed our attention. The anti-litter campaign, as might be expected, lost some of its momentum.
More good news: Despite the decreased activity, efforts continue to keep litter and all those wonderful efforts to get rid of it in the spotlight. Communities that are serious about appearances know that anti-litter campaigns last forever and involve teaching youngsters to grow up to the adults who don't litter.
One way to give the local anti-litter campaign some structure and access to national resources would be to affiliate with the well-known Keep America Beautiful organization. Keep America Beautiful has 500 affiliates and hundreds more participating organizations. Out of this effort has come many success stories.
Anti-litter volunteers are pursuing financial support for affiliation with Keep America Beautiful. Organizers hope this can be accomplished in the next few month. In the meantime, everyone has an important role to play in this campaign: Don't litter.