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May 03, 2008


Bob Knaus

I, for one, would be happy if Bahamians put more into their landfills and not less.

If you go back to the original US posters for Earth Day back in the early 70s, you'd think the major environmental problem was litter, not rainforests or global warming.

And, it was. And, we fixed it. US roadways are a lot less littered now than when I was a child.

I think the Bahamian government project to put up signs saying "Keep {community x} Clean, Green, and Pristine" are on the right track. Stopping the litter habit is the first step in environmental consciousness. If you can't recyle, at least dispose of it properly.

Bahamians, please fill up that landfill!


Those signs are useless. Especially the ones that try to scare people into driving slower.

You could put up a million signs and they will all be cancelled out every weekend when someone's mother puts some fish guts or chicken skin into a plastic bag and tells the kid "here, go trow dis in da bush, trow it far so we don smell it".

...honestly it confuses me when some people do that. I know people whose garbage bin is 3 times closer than their back fence and they put 99% of their trash in their garbage bin but still put stuff like fish guts in plastic bags and throw them over the fence... I don't get it. Just put it in the trash!

Bob Knaus

What that says to me is that trashiness is cultural.

A few years back, I rode the "chicken buses" all around Guatemala. They are called that because you can board them with a chicken under each arm. No kidding, I've seen it done.

At each stop (and they were frequent) vendors would board the bus selling food and drink. The drinks came in plastic bottles; the foods in various plastic bags. As we traveled down the highway, all the plastic got tossed out the window to join the mounds of litter already there.

And that got me to thinking. Are Guatemalans trashy people? Objectively, yes. But look back a couple of decades, to when the drinks came in reusable glass bottles, and the food came in wax paper or corn husks. Back then, it was environmentally acceptable to toss biodegradables out the window, and to save the reusables for their deposit.

Today, what they need is a guy on the bus with a trash bag.

Social mores have to keep up with the times. Bahamians have to learn not to throw plastic-bagged chicken guts into the bushes.

Put that on the signs, it's that simple.


I remember a time when it was illegal to dump and throw trash out the window etc.
Wait a minute, it still is.
No enforcement of the law leads to ignoring the law.
There is no such thing as small or large laws but, our police force seem to not recognize that they are the enforcer of ALL law.
The fine for littering was I believe $50 but fairly recently was raised to $500 with little effect.
I think I could collect a couple thousand a day, I wonder how much they collect......

Paul Lowe

I began recycling all my non-animal, kitchen waste in a compost in my back yard.

The first batch took about three months to turn to soil. Now potato skins turn to mulch in just a week or two.

The Japanese have invented a technology that will ferment animal waste - not decay - in a relatively short period of time and produces rich loamy soil, and rich soil conditioners to boot.

Now I did say loamy soil, and breakdown in weeks . . . so why is all our organic waste out on Harrold Road generating bio-gasses instead of being spread around farms.

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