Under the cover of white

The 2012-13 ski season at Sun Peaks has now come and gone and what a season it was. The powder in December and January seemed endless, there were only a few days that the mercury dipped near the dreaded –20 C and all in all it was one of the best seasons in recent memory according to many long-time locals.

Why is it then, if everything is all snowy and rosy in the winter happiness department, that people are such pigs? Here we live in one of the nicest parts of B.C., let alone the world, and once the snow is all gone Sun Peaks looks like a garbage dump.

I’d understand if there was a little litter here or there after the winter’s snow retreats, but what I was faced with this year was beyond anything I’d seen in over a decade of living here.

You name it and it’s out there lying on the ground waiting for some caring individual to come along and pick it up: cans, bottles, boxes, butts, garbage, full dog poo bags, underwear, socks and the list goes on and on and on. Do people actually think the snow is some magic medium that just eats all the garbage they throw into it throughout the winter months?

In the place and time I grew up, one simply didn’t litter and if you did you usually got a swift boot in the ass when you were caught. Why is then, that things have gone so far in the other direction?

In this day and age of enviro this and enviro that being hammered home in the mainstream populace, people still don’t seem to care about chucking their waste into the snowbank and simply walking away.

It blows my mind that people are so self-centred that for a moment they totally block out all the good, healthy fun they had with their buddies powder skiing on the mountain all day to dump the contents of their car in Bento’s parking lot or somewhere else.

Who do you think has to deal with it? The people who live and work in Sun Peaks, that’s who. It’s really quite sad that I feel I have to write this same piece each year, yet it seems to fall on deaf ears because the garbage just gets worse each season. There are lots of garbage cans around and the transfer station is open seven days a week in the winter so why all the mess? Because people are plain lazy, that’s why. Out-of-sight, out-of-mind, right? Wrong, because now the locals who live here year round need to clean it up.

Sad but true, it’s now up to every resident of Sun Peaks to lend a hand to get this great place back to its true beauty. So, come out for the annual Sun Peaks Trash Bash on Thursday, May 16 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and, in the meantime, grab a bag and some gloves and get what you can around your house or neighbourhood. After all, so many don’t care about our community but I know you do.

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