Littering is not only offensive and unhealthy for the environment, it reflects badly on those who do it.
Littering is not classy—those who choose to toss their trash on the ground rather than take it to a proper receptacle make themselves look ignorant and lazy. Littering is disgraceful and is an act that deserves to be fined. Heaps of fliers, plastic water bottles, Styrofoam cups and cigarette butts not only trash up the view for passersby but can damage the local environment. Being courteous enough to dispose of waste in a proper fashion should be a given.
Leaving empty beer bottles behind in a parking lot or ditch after a frat party booze-run is inexcusable. It is even worse when this kind of activity happens on campus. The amount of trash left behind after on-campus events reflects on the university particularly badly. Leftover trash from tailgating has been a huge issue at Texas State and makes the university and the city look bad to outsiders.
Visiting speakers may think less of Texas State if the campus looks trashy. Parents and other relatives may think twice before sending their kids to a school covered in refuse, and alumni definitely do not want to see their beloved alma mater being trashed. Bobcats have a responsibility to these people to keep campus and town looking nice. Furthermore, it shows a profound lack of respect to Texas State and San Marcos to carelessly throw trash on the ground. Students should respect the place they live and study by picking up after themselves.
Irresponsible pet owners also contribute greatly to the trash troubles in town. Leaving dog crap wherever it falls is unacceptable. Pet owners should take responsibility for their animals and pick up after them. Leaving piles of dog poop everywhere makes residents look irresponsible. It is not cool to clog up public spaces with your animal’s waste. There is already enough bird poop coating windshields and town monuments without students and residents adding to the mess with their pets.
Additionally, seeing that the school is already undergoing multiple construction projects, students should take care to not intensify the mess construction is already creating. Tossing out trash from a car into the street or highways can harm the sensitive environment around San Marcos. San Marcos is home to many unique plant and animal species to which excess litter could be devastating. Trash can end up in our rivers and streams, eventually making its way to the ocean or to a distant area, then taking decades to disintegrate. Students should take the time to dispose of their trash correctly, meanwhile showing respect to Texas State, San Marcos and the environment as a whole.