In the current age of environmentalism there has been a huge emphasis placed on the responsibilities of the individual to preserve nature. Every day we are reminded to recycle, rather than trash our plastic bottles. In addition, we are encouraged to conserve everything from water to electricity in the name of saving more natural resources. And according to the US Park Service, we should also be responsible enough to remove our own trash from the country’s park areas.

Last month, the Park Service began removing all of its trash cans from the George Washington Memorial Parkway, one of Washington D.C.’s most popular park destinations. These waste bins were located around major landmarks such as the Iwo Jima Memorial and the Great Falls. The move was meant to place the responsibility for disposing of the waste on park patrons themselves, rather than relying on park services to do the trash hauling for them. 

The plan is part of a “trash free parks” initiative enacted by the Park Service in an effort curb trash that is brought into the parks. It also provides the added benefit of reducing the expenses of the U.S. government for hauling all of that garbage out of the nation’s parks. But some critics have argued that some people will prefer to just leave their trash behind anyways once they discover that there are no trash cans to  be found.

But Park Service officials believe that its all about prompting people to take responsibility for their trash. They feel that the average citizen using their parks will decide to hold onto their wrappers and water bottles once they realize that they can’t easily dispose of them. Officials also point to other successful “trash-free” parks in the area as proof-positive that people are able to change their trash habits in the absence of trash cans.

Either way, it means a lot less trash duty for the men and women who work to maintain the nation’s parks.

Source Via: Washington Post