Littering in Stockholm
Photo Credit: Wikipedia
We have all seen those documentaries of third world countries: streets filled with litter, garbage, rusting vehicles, beggars, abandoned animals, running sewage. It is no wonder that many immigrants from such places continue to treat our sidewalks as dumping grounds.
Even the children of immigrants, going to our schools, have not learned to be well-behaved in regard to disposing of wrappers and drinks; instead of walking to the nearest garbage can, they unceremoniously drop their crap on the street with nary a care.
Sadly, many city governments have given up even enforcing litter laws. In Bayonne, New Jersey, where I live, there are signs that warn of a $350 fine for littering; however, I have never in the past 20 years seen anyone get a ticket for littering even though evidence of such littering litters the streets (I know, that's a lot of litter).
The problem is not just in America. For hundreds of years, Sweden has been a neat and clean country and until the Muslim invasion in the past few decades, didn't even have an anti-littering law on the books. In 2011 however, Sweden had had enough and finally passed laws giving the police the power to administer fines for littering (1). The photo you see above is not of some third-world craphole, it is a street in Stockholm, Sweden.
Which brings to mind a recent incident with an immigrant from Bangladesh. I shouted at my Muslim neighbor for leaving two large, smelly garbage bags sitting in his front yard.
Well, was I embarrassed! It turns out they were his daughters:
The Local - Sweden's News in English, 10 Jul 2011, Sweden enforces new litter laws
New laws come into force in Sweden on Sunday in a bid to combat the growing litter problem across the country.
With the good weather looking set to continue and the summer barbeque party season in full swing litter, if you leave behind glass bottles, drink cans and one time disposable barbeques you can be fined up to 800 kronor ($130) by police.
The new law has been well received by the police and the general public, although there have been questions raised on why it is still okay to discard cigarette butts, a major form of irritation to many public park users in particular.
Until now police have not had the power to administer fines on the spot for minor litter offences. From today however, if you are caught by one of the patrols, punishment can, and will, according to the authorities, be immediate.