It was not just footprints left behind on Cherry Beach this past week; there were piles of trash, flipflops, and human fecal matter.
It was not just footprints left behind on Cherry Beach this past week; there were piles of trash, flipflops, and human fecal matter. Who knew a beach was the new local dump for local partygoers?
With bars, clubs, and most entertainment options closed due to the warfare against the invisible enemy, COVID-19, many Torontonians decided to take matters into their own hands by showcasing that indeed it is 5 o’clock somewhere by bringing the party to local Toronto beaches over the past weeks, Cherry Beach being one of them. The aftermath? The small matter of public nuisance plus a environmental let-down for local residents.
Within the waste: Lighters, bottles, food, straws, cans, takeout containers, cigarettes, condoms, broken glass, crackpipes, injection ties, plastic bags and a free-for-all toilet area set aside just for fecal matter. The litter attracts wildlife and the waste washes directly into Lake Ontario. Oh, and as you can see in the photographs, the legendary Canadian geese are left to rummage through the piles of waste left behind.
Many folks from the Toronto Windsurfing Club took matters into their own hands. They gathered for hours in order to facilitate a beach clean up after careless partygoers abandoned the responsibility of their own actions. With limited places to reconvene with family and friends, the beach should be a prime location to keep safe, clean, and enjoyable for everyone. Let’s keep natural areas clean and avoid the tragedy of the commons. So don’t be like the Covidiots. Do better, think twice, and leave nothing but sandy footprints and warm summer memories behind.