a reply to: Hellmutt
So what I read in the translated version, is that when a group of citizens such as the one mentioned seeks to clean the waters they have to make
arrangements for the disposal. According to one image, 400 kilo's of waste rubbish was recovered from the area. When you originally said beach, I
assumed those nice sandy Florida beaches I am used to full of people with trash cans every 100 feet or so, and big main dumpsters up by the
This appears to be more like a marina area with a rocky shoreline, not so much a beach in the traditional sense as I know it. So that was part of my
confusion. Now, I do so a nice what appears as a small commercial district in the distance there in one of these shots. I would assume some of them
have dumpsters that a truck comes by to collect, but I do not know for sure. In any case, these people were recovering serious weight in rubbish. This
was not a walk in the park with kids picking up chip bags, napkins, empty beverage containers and the occasional shoe.
They were gathering mostly waste generated by commercial or private marine activity, such as nets buoys, rope and even tires! Seeing as its Norway, I
have no doubt the tires have a destination for recycling. But somebody has to get them there.
For the volunteers to just pick up tons of trash, and drop them off and expect somebody to scoop it up free of charge is a bit presumptuous though if
you ask me. In every volunteer clean-up I have been a part of , including coastal clean ups with Tampa Bay Watch, it is on us to make arrangements to
dispose of the garbage. We don't just leave it lying there and expect that someone will get it.
This marine litter was picked by volunteer enthusiasts. They had not agreed to the pick up in advance and therefore risked a luscious bill
from the renovation company.
If you find trash by the sea without creating a cleaning action in advance, the garbage can not be retrieved free of charge. This trash was
found in a bay by the sea sand in Mandal in the Pentecost. Photo: Rolf-Ørjan Høgset
Rolf-Ørjan Høgset was out to "plow" (pick rubbish and jogging at the same time) when he and someone else came over 300-400 kilos of
rubbish, including a lot of ropes, at Sjøsanden in Mandal.
Now, lets assume that was me. It is nice that I would take my time to clean up the environment, as I do like to do actually. But it becomes
responsibility to dispose of that once I have recovered it. I don't think I have ever recovered even 100 pounds of waste in one trip to the
park, so I can easily take my bags of recovered rubbish and throw it into the dumpster.
But what these people recovered would require like either a several cubic yards container or even a roll off to fit it all. Most businesses and parks
do not appreciate you filling their dumpsters to the brim with rubbish that was not from their location or generated by them. The only real problem
here was that they failed to create a plan of action for proper disposal. Had they done so, all the costs would have been covered for the most part as
the agencies involved, from what I read, have a system in place for just such events. I would never take my bags of garbage, and then place them on
the sidewalk or wherever and expect somebody else to come get them free of charge.