We can all agree that the world is facing a major garbage and pollution crisis in the near future. The thing we can’t all agree on is the fact that we can do something about it. At least half of the world’s population doesn’t care about pollution and dropping garbage on the street. They think that it’s someone else’s job to clean up after them. Well, that is partially true, but the problem is that it’s impossible to clean up after everyone all the time.
Pollution and endangered environment
Some time ago, I was speaking with my friend John over the phone. John lives in a small industrial town in Iowa. I visited him dozens of times in the past, and I saw that his town was in a poor state when it comes to the environment. The constant pollution and the mistreating of the beautiful nature that once surrounded the town. The disaster was stopped only when the factories were closed, but the garbage stayed.
Anyway, someone at the Mayor’s office had a very good idea John tells me. They contacted a local dumpster rental company and offered to pay for their services from the city’s budget. The terms were that the company delivers large dumpsters to the streets of the most polluted areas. Then, they organized their neighbors and friends, and they created a group cleanup event. Everyone came with their shovels and rakes, ready to get dirty and clean out the area around them.
Permission for dumpsters
John was happy to do his part, and his story made me happy too. That’s when I started thinking about how good would it be to do something like that here in New Mexico. After talking to my wife, I realized what I wanted to do. I contacted the local authorities asking them for permission to deliver dumpsters to areas that were polluted free of charge. I got their approval, so my next move was to make an appearance on the local television station.
I made a public appeal asking people to join my employees and me in a cleanup event that will take place in the city. The event lasted for two months as we delivered the dumpsters to each neighborhood and left them there for a week. Of course, the company covered all expenses of transporting and disposing of the garbage. We were surprised to see how many people answered our call for help.
An annual event
The city officials were so impressed by the entire thing; they made it an annual event. I couldn’t be happier with the results. We are still delivering our dumpsters free of charge in such an event. After hearing John’s story, I got scared that my city will suffer the same fate as his town. One small step towards the goal has triggered a chain reaction that led to the improvement of our environment, and we dumped tons of trash that would still be on the streets right now. The time has come for all to make that first step.