The Sogkonate Garden Club of Little Compton has a once-a-month litter patrol on local roads. Our towns have more people who litter than people who pick up litter. Usually four to six people help and two miles of road can be picked up in an hour.
It is typical to fill a 30-pound trash bag with litter in less than 15 minutes on any principal roadway. The busier the road, the more litter. Roads leading to the transfer station and beaches have the most litter. Someone who travels on Willow Avenue must need alcoholic abuse counseling since we find an inordinate number of empty vodka nips and pint bottles on this road.
You will be happy to hear, when we clean the Town Landing, baseball parking field or other secluded areas, that the underwear your daughter is missing was found and is now part of a collection. Also there is a good chance your son has been using a condom.
This is a particularly unsightly time of year for our roads since, without the weeds, litter becomes more visible. Litter does not disappear easily; while some litter rots, most just stays there to corrupt beauty.
We see many regular walkers who could be taking their strolling with a small litter bag, we see litter so close to a homeowner’s mail box that one would have to step over the litter to get the mail. Please become a person who helps pick up litter. This simple act will make you feel better.
We are members of the Sogkonate Garden Club and wanted to let you know that the next scheduled litter pick-up is Earth Day, Saturday, April 12. This is a town-wide event and is coordinated with the Little Compton Garden Club, youth organizations and the seventh and eighth grades of the Wilbur-McMahon School. The event begins at 9 a.m. and we meet at the Brownell House.
Robert and Mary Marra