To the Editor:

Poop and butts.

Pick up the former.

Don’t drop the latter.

That’s dog poop and cigarette butts, folks.

Now that the weather is warming, let’s make an effort to keep parks and streets clean.

Think about your neighbors, especially our city’s kiddos, and think twice about leaving that steaming dog dropping where someone will step in it or have to look at it. Think twice about flicking that cigarette butt from your car window, off the front stoop or into the grass.

Parks are primarily for people—locals and travelers—who like to sit on the ground and play in the grass. Parks are for crawling babies, midday picnics, romantic dates, sunny naps, stretching, walking, yoga, games of frisbee, soccer, and catch.

Need more convincing?

1. City Ordinance 4-2-2 (A) states that it is unlawful for any person to throw any trash on any public or private property, street, highway or body of water within the city of Ely and the county of White Pine. That means no littering.

2. Cigarette butts pollute. Cigarette filters are made of cellulose acetate, a form of plastic that takes up to 10 years to degrade. The filters also contain trace amounts of toxins such as cadmium, arsenic, and lead. These contaminants pollute soils and waterways.

3. Dog poop is also a leading contributor to waterway contamination from bacteria and parasites and can harm wildlife and people—that’s us!

Please, scoop your dog’s poop. Pocket your butts and dispose of them in the trash. We are fortunate in Ely to have convenient and maintained trash cans throughout the city.

Fill your heart with good will. Fill those trash cans with poop and butts!

Alexa Mergen

Ely, Nevada