Saskatchewan

More government action needed to fight litter problem, Moose Jaw woman says

Encouraging people to pick up litter is a good idea, but government action would help, too, says one of the co-founders of Beautif-I Moose Jaw.

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A Moose Jaw group wants to see fewer messes like this in the future. (Beautif-I Moose Jaw/Facebook)

Encouraging people to pick up litter is a good idea, but government action would help, too, says one of the co-founders of Beautif-I Moose Jaw.

Crystal Froese moved back to Moose Jaw from B.C. in 2011 and was surprised, she said, at how much garbage she could see lying in the ditches and alleys.

"Everywhere I went, it seemed like there was litter ... everywhere," she said. 

There are big pieces of garbage, like discarded freezers and sofas, but for the most part, it's small items like food wrappers, water bottles, and, perhaps the worst offender, grocery store bags.

"You just can keep up with it. You drive into Moose jaw and the sides of the hills are littered with these plastic grocery bags," she said.

And so, Froese decided to act. She teamed up with city councillor Heather Eby and Beautif-I Moose Jaw was born.

The movement started off with a cleanup of the downtown core, but has since expanded and been embraced by high school students. Mayor Deb Higgins has declared May "Pick it up" month.

Froese says she wants to see everybody involved. 

"Just because I didn't put that piece of garbage there doesn't mean I'm not responsible for picking it up," she said.

She's also a strong believer in government passing laws to restrict things like plastic bottles and bags.

"Unless government gets involved ... I don't know if we're going to get a change to catch up with it," she said.

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