DISGUSTING: Biggenden bush walking guide Moira Thompson was greeted by soiled nappies and smashed beer bottles when she went to Waterfall Ck at Utopia.
DISGUSTING: Biggenden bush walking guide Moira Thompson was greeted by soiled nappies and smashed beer bottles when she went to Waterfall Ck at Utopia. Contributed.

OPINION: The few ruin it for the many

FOR about a year I have been very particular about rubbish and recycling.

Each weekend, I take my tub of recycling to the resource recovery centre in Gayndah and painstakingly separate it into the appropriate one-tonne bag.

At home, I save up all my soft plastic waste to take to Coles or Woolworths when I'm near one, which both have soft plastic recycling bins in their stores.

I even used to have a worm farm to eat my food scraps but that now sadly lives at my ex-girlfriend's house (I am saving up for another one).

If you are even remotely worried about what your planet will look like in 50 years, disposing of your waste thoughtfully is one of the few ways you can take direct action.

"Boiling mad” is how bush-walking guide Moira Thompson described herself earlier this week after seeing the Waterfall Creek rock pools near Utopia in Mt Walsh National Park strewn with detritus, which included disposable nappies and bongs.

I know exactly how she feels.

It baffles me that there are people out there who would happily leave a soiled nappy in a national park with nary a second thought.

Where is the sense of ownership? Where is the shame?

I hope that one day littering will, as it is with domestic violence, become so socially unacceptable as to be repulsive.


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