In Reply to: re: Street cleaner posted by REALIST on August 30, 2014 at 21:53:33:
If only Mayo had cleaned up in Limerick.
Back in national school we were lectured about the evils of littering. And when I say 'back' I mean 50 years ago.
So it's been an ongoing campaign since sometime in the middle of the last century at the very least to capture the hearts and minds of the youngsters. And very diligently, I have never littered - as a result of those utterances and urging from some great teachers, who also taught me to read write and arithmetic, in between telling us not to litter.
But not everyone pays attention or cares about spitting chewing gum or sweep wrappers or offloading their weekly detritus to the side of the road or a toxic low temperature bonfire in their fireplace or back garden - even half a century on - and in a country where plastic bags are history and smoking is a no-no.
Hence the need for street sweepers.
New York has a sanitation dept that checks the contents of people's bins and bags and fines those who don't park on the correct side of the road when the sweeper comes around. They inject a pill into babies when they are born which tells them what days of the week they have to move their cars to allow the street sweeper to do its job.
Having said that our streets are still a lot cleaner than many of those in NYC.