More Residents Discuss the Topic of Litter in Ocala/Marion County

In response to recent letters discussing litter in Ocala/Marion County, more residents have written to share their thoughts on this topic.

“A lot of these people working on building new homes are throwing their personal trash on the floor, even if there are dumpsters within 50 feet. We often find plastic bottles and bags of food on the ground, and also trash from their work because they are too lazy to put them in the dumpster. I don’t know what they do in the country they come from, but in this country they should be responsible and dispose of their waste properly,” says Ocala resident Douglas Donley.

“In response to a citizen’s complaint about litter from homeless and ‘elderly’ people, myself and two other people (aged 64, 79 and 95 respectively) pick up litter/waste while walking in our neighborhood. Lots of passing cars, some foot traffic and garbage trucks. I believe that we represent the “old”. I think sir needs to rethink his verbiage. Something like irresponsible, indifferent, selfish and/or a lack of pride in self, community or home is more appropriate. When you witnessed the fall of trash from vehicles, trucks, etc., did you report the license plate? What did you do but watch, complain and blame the “old people”? says Ocala resident Val Ramsey.

“When it comes to waste, there is no age discrimination. I live in Ocala Highlands Estates and have seen everything from beer cans, cigarette packs, trash, tires and toilets to dirty diapers. It really disgusts me how people don’t seem to care. They would much rather throw it out the window or the back of their truck than take it home and put it in a trash can or take it to the landfill. Honestly, that blows me away. A group of our residents finally couldn’t take it anymore. Quarterly, we meet as a group. With the help of Solid Waste, who partnered with our community by donating gloves and trash bags, we collect the trash and they pick it up when we’re done. I just want to let our group and Solid Waste know how much their help is appreciated,” says Ocala resident Angela Bradley.

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Jessica C. Bell