Plastic plagues the community

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  • Plastic bags and containers sit under trees in a neighborhood park. Photo by Astin Ramos

  • A pair of shoes float on a pond used for fishing in a small neighborhood. Photo by Astin Ramos

  • Accumulated plastic and trash line the sides of Hutton Road. Photo by Astin Ramos

  • Trash covers the side of a hill behind the Walmart Super center. Photo by Astin Ramos

  • Plastic containers and cups sit in high grasses near geese nests. Photo by Astin Ramos

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Astin Ramos, Photo Editor

The plastic pollution and trash in the Piper community piles up year after year. With many organizations used to help combat plastic pollution, the community still has trash lining streets, sitting in ditches, and covering roads. 

“Not only does it [plastic] kill wildlife and the greenery, but it also lowers the property value if you don’t care about nature you might care about how much your house will cost if you sell it,” said freshman Grant Paul. “Neighborhoods filled with trash have houses go for way less than ones that are picked up.”

Since the weather has warmed up and people are beginning to be outside more the community has felt its impact.

“I think the worst time of year seem to be spring,” said parent and community member Bobbie White. “Maybe because people are driving around with their windows down and feel like they can just throw things out.”

Since April 2021 the Wyandotte Recycling and Yard Waste Center has reopened to allow the community to bag up and leave accepted materials. Some of these include cardboard, glass containers,  papers, cartons, and even tree branches. 

“I think that it makes people feel bad about our community,” White said. “It is embarrassing to live in a dirty environment. People should take care of the community they live in. It will lower our home values also,” White said. 

For senior Abigail Cahill, recycling is very important and should be taught and encouraged more in schools. She also believes trash cans should become more accessible in and outside of the schools.

“I mean leaving trash anywhere is bad, it ruins water sources and if we have a lot of trash locally it reflects badly on both our school’s presentation and also our water,” Cahill said.

According to Paul, cleaning the trash and keeping it gone will take the whole communities help.

“People just throw it out of their cars or leave it on the sidewalk and by the wind and rain it ends up in a  collection together creating big masses of trash,” Paul said. “More easily accessible trash cans in the public. I don’t think much can be done until the community members actually want to change something, no change can be made without everyone’s help.”