- Politics and Social Issues
Growing cotton and the litter it creates on our streets
You hear and see so much about the litter left on our roads as you drive through our beautiful countryside. But is any responsibility taken against the way cotton growers and the transportation of it is allowed to litter the sides of the roadside.
I was shocked, when I first saw it as I drove through Dirranbandi and through St George. At first I wondered what had happened when all this snowlike stuff appeared on the sides of the road, then I realised that it was cotton and naturally thought a truck had ripped a tarp or similar and allowed the wind to blow it everywhere.
The further we travelled the more we saw. Therefore I asked several other travellers about it when we stopped at a caravan park in St George. They all enlightened me to the fact that it was a normal occurrence.
Although maybe something is being done as the next day I did notice a truck trailer loaded with cotton sitting on the side of the road without its prime mover. I was later told that the cops had pulled it up because of the cotton falling from it.
Wouldn’t prevention be better than police intervention?
We asked how the cotton was picked and packed for transport and discovered that it is packed tight into wire like crates, and covered with tarps on the trailers. Therefore there is eventually nothing to stop the continual wind from blowing it out onto the roads when being transported.
Why can’t it be bagged, or crated into similar containers like any other products being transported. Therefore avoiding this unnecessary environmental pollution and eye saw on our lovely countryside.
South Australia has always given a refund on cans and bottles to lessen this problem. It also creates an income for many people who pick them up around towns and on our streets. Other states are also giving money for can returns now too.
Come on cotton growers, you are using a lot of our precious water to grow this cotton so how about cleaning up your act. Do the right thing.
Cotton also growing on the roadsides
In many areas we have seen the cotton literally growing on many of the roadsides. Whether its from cotton blown from the trucks carting or seeds blown from growers properties, I do not know.