Letter - Littering problem

I’m not a resident of Salt Spring Island, but I’ve been coming here for more than 30 years and my father and his wife now call it home. While the island is not my home (although I’d love it to be one day) I fall into the large camp of people who visit regularly and feel a connection to and love of this magical place.

So I have found it frustrating and upsetting while on my morning walks with my wife and the dog to see so much litter tossed along the roadsides.

On two recent walks I was able to fill two large bags with trash obviously tossed from windows of passing vehicles, including chocolate bar and candy wrappers, cigarette cartons, tissues and other papers, plastic take-out cups, and soda and beer cans and bottles.

The beer cans are a particular worry as they were likely tossed from moving vehicles. Yeah, I’m talking to you, Mr. VISA number ending in 1277 who bought $65.15 worth of booze recently at the Upper Ganges Liquor Store, who also tossed out his receipt.

Salt Spring is a wonderful place. Whether it’s locals or tourists doing the littering, they should be ashamed of themselves.

Litter attacks the senses and can present a danger to wildlife. Please, everyone, be responsible with your trash.

I’d also encourage everyone who takes regular walks on the island for exercise to take along a garbage bag and clean up your route every once in awhile. You’ll feel good doing a good deed, enjoy trash-free walks in the future and add in the back exercise of bending over to pick up litter to your workout!

Gordon Clark,





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