Remnants of a beach party

A few days ago, while playing catch at the beach, I cut my foot on an object in the sand.   My first concern was my bloodied toe.  Once I assessed the damage and cleaned it up, I did a brief search of the sand in an effort to save someone else from the same mishap.

In digging through the area where I was sliced, I found shards from a broken beer bottle.  I carefully removed the pieces and threw them into a grocery bag that I would later dispose of.   While extracting the glass fragments, I also found not one, but four beer caps scattered through perhaps two square feet of sand.

Despite the fact that drinking on a public beach is quite illegal, there obviously were some party people here at some time in the past – and they were not the most diligent with their booze byproducts.  Later, I thought curiously about how some people think its okay to randomly discard the waste of their indulgences.  Does it have something to do with how we behave once we’ve had a few ‘wobbly pops’?

In fact, you can see the wastage of alcohol consumption at just about any park or beach, all through the summer months, without looking too hard.  Even if broken beer bottles weren’t a hazard, having drunk people throwing their empties into green spaces is one rite of summer I can do without.

Author: Doug Ironside RN

Doug is a Registered Nurse (PHN) with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

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