Almost every day in the summer, I pick up litter on both sides of the Two Cent Bridge. This bridge is quite a tourist attraction and may be Waterville’s biggest draw. It’s a beautiful area that people enjoy photographing and viewing wildlife. Older people bring their grandchildren to walk across the bridge.

The litter and trash is unsightly. Once I even found a half-full bottle of rum. Each time I do this cleanup, I find so many plastic bags along the shore or by the clock or in the nearby field. I don’t understand why people don’t throw these plastic bags in trash cans. Instead they throw them along the river bank, which means they end up in the river. This isn’t good for the ducks and other river animals.

In fact, I don’t understand why people need to take a plastic shopping bag for every purchase. I saw some guy who bought only one item accept an offered plastic bag. Ridiculous.

The only way to stop this pollution is to ban plastic bags. As an animal lover and a concerned citizen, I support the group working on a plastic bag ban for Waterville.

Alan Douin


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