Thursday was a scorcher and as I walked along the beach and glanced around, I suddenly began thinking about crispy bacon. The evening was a smidgen cooler, fortunate for those many people walking around looking like ripe tomatoes with eyes.
I walked along the riverbed – which is bone dry as usual, been over a year since it had any water in it – from El Playazo to the Puente Viejo, dodging the countless dog turds littering the walkway (a perennial problem unfortunately), and pondered why so many people feel the need to throw bottles, glass and plastic, cans, bags full of rubbish, hubcaps and other items onto the riverbank or into the river.
There are even a couple of chairs!
In most cases it takes much more effort to take haul these items down to the river as one inevitably passes by at least one set of large rubbish containers and numerous normal rubbish bins. There are also plenty of rubbish bins along the rio Chillar walkway.
We have daily rubbish collection, many large bins and enough normal rubbish bins to make this sort of behaviour totally unnecessary under any circumstances. Dumping a chair in the river will mean it remains an eyesore for many, many months based upon past experience. Same with the bottles, of course.
However, walk down any street and it is still a very common sight to see people just throw their rubbish – tissues, water bottles, bags, wrappings etc on the street, even if they are standing right next to a bin. Look near cashpoints some days and the ground is littered with discarded slips of paper.
And not just on the street. Cans, bottles, glasses, ice cream tubs etc are dumped on window sills or in doorways and some people even drop their waste, particularly tissues and bits of paper, such as receipts, on the floor inside shops.
Things have improved quite a bit in, say, the past ten years or so but there is still a long way to go yet.