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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Apr 2, 2008

As the snow melts, you can see all the evidence about you.

Our roadsides and parks are such a mess that it’s enough to make you want to see the snow cover everything again.

When we were children, we were all told not to litter. We heard it from our parents. We heard it from our schools. We heard it from our churches.

So what happened?

Litter is out in force, and we’re all to blame for it — either for doing the actual littering or not teaching our children not to litter or not telling those that we see litter to stop it.

So let’s stop it now.

By adopting a few habits, we can all help make a greener earth:

n We can carry a waste bag with us when we travel. And when it’s full, we can dump it properly.

n We can buy green. When you go to the grocery store, instead of buying canned vegetables and fruits, buy fresh. They taste better and there aren’t any metal cans remaining.

n We all need exercise, right? The next time you go for a walk, take along a bag to pick up all that litter and gunk around the street.

n Volunteer your nonprofit group to take part in the Adopt a Highway program. It just means walking a two-mile stretch of highway twice a year, or more if you want. And you’ll be amazed at the improvement.

n Urge your local store or retailer to use green packaging.

Cleaner streets and neighborhoods can go a long way toward community improvement. Neater neighborhoods mean higher property values and a better community.

So remember. We’re all in this together. And together we can make a brighter, cleaner community.