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by Linda Krpata

While this is certainly not a new issue in town, regrettably it is an ongoing one. We shake our heads and tsk, tsk it. We try to ignore it. We scorn the unidentifiable culprits. We hope it will change, but it never does. I’m talking about littering.

One day this week I spent the morning walking the relatively short distance from my house on Mill Street to Pine Oak Street and back and filled two 33-gallon bags. I picked up beer cans and beer bottles, vodka bottles and nips, Styrofoam cups and boxes, MacDonald’s wrappers, snack bags, cigarette packs… Well, you get the idea. You probably see plenty of this stuff lining your own streets.

I climbed over stone walls (big shout-out, by the way, to those of you with such a good arm that I couldn’t even reach some of the trash), got covered in mud, and was stuck with thorns. I pulled plastic bags from tree branches, gathered up broken glass, and poured out the alcohol you couldn’t finish from the bottles you had to ditch on my street before heading home.

It’s likely the people who should be reading this aren’t. Not only is littering incredibly rude and inconsiderate, it is downright disrespectful to your neighbors and to our environment. How convenient that you can commit this offense with impunity under the cover of darkness.

Holliston is a beautiful town, and the vast majority of us fortunate enough to live here take great pride in it. Wouldn’t it be refreshing if everyone felt that way.

Comments (7)

Agreed. I believe that littering fines do exist but are not enforced. This subject should be addressed at the State level. I once wrote to the State and to the media about littering but did not receive a response. It is a pity how our society has become so disrespectful.

paula | 2015-12-11 05:37:26

We need you up at Cutler Heights...there's a lot of trash there

Stan Coffin | 2015-12-08 19:10:43

If more than two people know of your act of helping someone, you're doing it wrong."

Really | 2015-12-07 13:05:04

There must be a lot of fingerprints on those cans/bottles, etc. Perhaps some actually may be in the system. Thank you Linda. I don't live near Mill Street, but it is a beautiful street. Such thoughtlessness is disappointing.

Brenda | 2015-12-07 11:45:40

Ditto on South Street. Litterbugs litter because they can, which is all the justification they need. We're not going to stop caring about the neighborhood, so we continue to pick up after them.

Dave Bastille | 2015-12-07 10:46:17


Irv | 2015-12-07 08:53:01

It is not only sad, but we should impose fines on littering. Linda, very nice of you to keep "my old neighborhood"clean. Very unfortunate that people just don't care anymore!!

Alan | 2015-12-07 07:28:02