Northwest’s parking lots have a problem with trash

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An entire McDonald’s meal was found in the parking lot. This is more common than most students think.

When most people drive to school in the morning, their first thoughts are often that they need to rush to class in order to make it to school on time. Sometimes along the way, items from napkins and plastic forks to vape pens, one of the most frequent items, are discarded all across the parking lot. It’s becoming more and more of an issue and is contributing to the spread of trash everywhere on Northwest’s campus.

This isn’t just a problem involving Northwest, it’s also about the environment around Northwest.

Throwing away your trash and recycling isn’t hard, everyone can do it.”

— Calista Dewberry

“Major issues would be trash blowing onto the sports fields or into the woods, either getting into the wheels of cars,” sophomore Calista Dewberry said. “(It can also be found) accumulating on the grass around the new building and making the area look dirty and uncared for.”

The parking lot isn’t just for cars, other groups utilize it for their after school needs, and trash covering the parking lots is a hazard.

The pile-up of trash over time affects some school groups, such as cross country and marching band, that practice or go through the parking lots during their practices,”

— Lillian Wiener

“The pile-up of trash over time affects some school groups, such as cross country and marching band, that practice or go through the parking lots during their practices,” junior Lillian Wiener said.

Mainly Northwest’s National Honors Society and Environmental club have been organizing cleanups in the parking lots throughout the year. This has helped with mitigating the problem, but relying on other students will not solve the problem completely.

“In NHS, we are required to do some type of clean-up to help the school, so a group of us went to the (senior) parking lot one day after school,” Wiener said. “We were there for around an hour and didn’t even cover the entire parking lot without filling up the garbage bag.” 

The amount of garbage around the parking lot can be appalling. Most students step over the trash and ignore it, as if it were invisible. 

“Seeing people litter is devastating. The fact that some students care so little for the environment and the staff at Northwest makes myself and others in Environmental club very upset,” Dewberry said. “Throwing away your trash and recycling isn’t hard, everyone can do it.” 

There are permanent solutions in the works, but these things can take time and many resources. 

“We are currently discussing getting uniform recycling cans which will make it easier for the students to understand where to throw away their trash safely,” Dewberry said. “We may put some trash cans or recycling bins around the parking lots, and we are looking into having consequences for those who are caught littering.”

The parking lots are a privilege that most students take for granted.

“It’s really sad to see fellow high schoolers disrespecting the area that the school allows us to keep our cars at during the day, and it’s worse when staff doesn’t really enforce rules to stop it from happening,” Wiener said. 

The easiest solution? Don’t throw your trash down carelessly. Think about the environment and put your trash in a trash can.