I’ve got a lot of pet peeves, the majority having to do with how people drive. But my biggest pet peeve by far has nothing to do with people’s driving habits. It has to do with so called ‘gardeners’. I refer to these guys who make a living by cutting other people’s lawns, trimming their trees, etc. Now don’t get me wrong, there isn’t a thing wrong with this manner of earning a living and in fact I am glad we have people who dedicate their lives to improving the landscape of their communities in general. My peeve has to do with how they dispose of the waste they create.
Have you ever driven by a property and watched a guy with a gigantic leaf blower busily blowing grass clippings, leaves, dog poop, and trash out into the street? Does it make you a little angry? I know some of you will likely answer this question with a shrug and a ‘not really’ but for me the answer is YOU BET! Littering is against the law no matter who does it. What gives anyone the right to pollute our streets with refuse for any reason whatsoever? If I were to pull up to an intersection and dump a barrel of lawn clippings out into the street I’m sure I would get a citation – as a minimum. Is what these guys get away with any different? Does it pollute less? Is it less a mess for the rest of us? I get it that it is not practical for them to actually sweep up and dispose of the mess in a designated manner: green waste containers, public refuse sites, etc. although that would certainly be a great work ethic. But they could use a bag to collect clippings on the mower and deposit the contents in a green waste collection bin, couldn’t they? Or couldn’t they blow the mess back onto the property where it came from? Oh, yeah… they want the surface it came from to look pristine in order to please their customers (and maximize their profits). So to enhance their business profitability, they are allowed to litter on a gigantic scale which actually lowers the standard of living for the rest of us. Or do you think that the waste just evaporates from the streets?
I don’t think this blog post is going to make a whit of difference in the behavior of lawn maintenance workers. I had hoped that writing it would somehow make me feel a little better. Sadly, it didn’t.