How Disgusting: A “Trashy” Problem in Woodhaven

If you ever make it to the neighborhood of Woodhaven, you’d make the assumption of the place being “amazing’ and a “near perfect” place for a family to live, since of course, it is mostly true, actually. However, besides the community being safe and quiet, as suburbia should be, the thing that irks me very much is how trash is scattered about the streets. Whenever I walk around the surrounding area from my house, I always  see litter on the ground, whether it’s just wrappings, paper, or spoiled food. This is not a world shattering problem by any means, but I find it outrageous that such a decent neighborhood can have a lot of trash about; it seems a manageable problem. It’s saddening, and disgusting.

Trash ahoy!

Trash ahoy!

Just behind from a local bus stop, litter is constantly scattered about, which I can only presume come from the people that wait for the bus. It’s strange to see how people come and go, not caring about the community at all. This stems from a common problem around the neighborhood, though, and the problem is the lack of trash bins, and I don’t mean the kind found within each household. There aren’t a lot of nearby trash cans in sight, especially not even those with the fancy color coding. They’re pretty uncommon in the area.

In this case, a garbage can was nearby!

In this case, a garbage can was nearby!

Not everyone is as hyped as I am about the garbage. For the last month I’ve asked people about the garbage. It seems that nobody much cares about the issue, which isn’t good to see, really. Either they nod, blankly, or they just acknowledge the fact that there’s trash but treat it as a "way of life." I’m not too heartbroken though, since all that’s needed here is some well-deserved awareness and “incentive” to get the community involved. We, the people, should be the ones also taking responsibility for our actions after all, so everyone, from the citizens to the officials involved can make the difference.

Like I said, the neighborhood is otherwise a near perfect place. Surely, there are bound to be some problems. But, if we – the people – can think about the quality of our community, we can truly make Woodhaven a less dirty place. It’s arguably just a annoyance of mine that might be blown to proportion, but it’s still a community problem worth addressing. I’m still holding out for a neighborhood that is not “trashy.”

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