Citizens tackle litter problem on Granite Coast

Brodie Thomas
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Ellen Bernard is sick of seeing litter on the side of the road between Port aux Basques and her home in Rose Blanche.

Ellen Bernard and her grandson David Bernard spent two days cleaning up the garbage on the size of Route 470 (The Grantie Coast).

So on Aug. 22, she and her grandson David Bernard, 8, decided to do something about it. They set out from Rose Blanche and picked up all they could find on one side of the road all the way to Margaree.

Then they had a bit to eat, and started working back towards Rose Blanche, getting as far as Margaree.

Last Monday they attempted to do the side of the road they had missed previously. David was armed with a mop-handle with a nail taped to the end. Mrs. Bernard held the garbage bag.

They said they were finding new garbage in the same places they had cleaned up just the week before. Everything from coffee cups and chip bags to old clothes.

Mrs. Bernard is at a loss as to why people feel the need to toss garbage out their windows while driving.

“It’s an eyesore,” she said. “We’ve got such beautiful scenery here and our roadside is littered with garbage.

David was finding lots of garbage down in the ditch. When asked why people feel the need to toss their garbage from cars, he thought for a while but couldn’t come up with an answer.

“I don’t know,” he said.

Mrs. Bernard wasn’t sure if she would tackle another cleanup such as the one they completed.

“I don’t plan to be at it everyday,” she said. But if everyone would not throw their garbage out the window it would make things easier.”

The pair completed their pickup around 8 p.m. Monday evening. Mrs. Bernard said they had 17 bags of garbage in total over two days.

Geographic location: Rose Blanche, Margaree

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  • TAMMY
    September 07, 2012 - 12:40

    this is disgusting...i just drove downtown pab, and the black chev silverado in front of me dumped subway bags,and cig packs out of his truck....IDIOT...