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Sounding Off: The low-down on Laguna's litter

September 02, 2010|By Niko Theris

What would it take to diminish the beauty of Laguna Beach? Litter! Walking around in Laguna Beach residents and visitors both enjoy and appreciate its wonderful sights, that is, if they don't look down. Looking down reveals a less than wonderful sight, unless what it is that you wonder about is why some people do litter.

Consider the impact of some people who smoke. How they dispose of their cigarette butts in public after finishing smoking is an example. I used to smoke but stopped when I was a little boy after my parents caught me smoking my father's cigarettes and spanked me. Thank you, Mom and Dad. Nevertheless, even though I don't smoke, the smoking of others still has an impact on my life, health and the environment. Smokers have every right to smoke and I wouldn't presume to take that away from them except when they waft their smoke into my face and litter the streets and sidewalks.

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Thoughtless smokers stand out not only by the smell they emit, but also by their discarding of not only cigarette butts, but also discarding empty cigarette packages, matches and empty matchbooks on sidewalks and in the street. It seems to be no trouble for smokers to carry their cigarettes for several blocks while they're out walking and smoking, but it appears to be burdensome for them to carry their cigarette butts just a block or so further to properly dispose of them in a nearby trash bin. The city provides many such bins all over town some of them with specific cigarette butt receptacles. There are even sidewalk buckets filled with sand for discarded cigarette butts. What more can the city do?

Even so, cigarette butts can seen discarded on the ground within a few feet of those receptacles. Smoking drivers operate a little differently. They toss their cigarette butts out on to the street, or if they do place them in their vehicle's ashtray, they later empty the ashtray on to the street or curb. To some extent the ashtray users are half way towards doing the right thing.

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