Carelessness harms our wildlife
Wednesday was trash day in my neighborhood, and as usual, while walking my dog before dawn, I gathered items that litterbugs had tossed out and placed this trash in nearby garbage cans. Among the items were several plastic bottles. Had it been recycling day, I would have put them in the appropriate bins.
Better to place them in the trash for burial in the landfill than to let them lie and eventually wind up in the storm sewers and polluting the Rock River.
I saw a startling news story on NBC the other day about the Japanese tsunami and how the resulting floating debris is arriving in the Hawaiian Islands. People are collecting a sea of garbage, but it’s already overwhelming and only the tip of the trash iceberg to come.
The report interviewed scientists who have found a sickening array of plastic items in the bellies of birds and other animals. The plastics eventually disintegrate into smaller and smaller grains and are ingested in little animals that are eaten by predators higher up the food chain. Many of these fish and other animals are part of our vital food supply. The FDA says it finds no evidence that these plastics taint the food we eat. But has our government always been known to be right and telling the truth?
It sure makes me wonder.
Stop littering. If you do see litter lying around your yard, terrace or neighborhood, why not collect it for proper disposal?