But, I guess even places that seem under control have the 'problem children' to deal with, so one Taranaki District is trying to keep it under control.
New Plymouth District Council crackdown on littering loomsBy RYAN EVANS - Taranaki Daily New
Hefty fines could be on the way for people caught littering around New Plymouth.
The worst offenders could face fines of up to $400 under a proposal being considered by the New Plymouth District Council.
People caught committing less serious littering offences would attract fines of between $100 and $300.
The move comes against a backdrop of growing community concern over the problem of littering, rubbish dumping and broken glass on public and private land. In the year to June 30, the New Plymouth District Council fielded 654 littering complaints, 239 of which related to broken glass and 40 related to rubbish dumped on reserve land.
The council's roading and parks departments spent a combined total of $860,000 a year for routine cleaning and litter collection around the district.
I have to admire the steps this country takes to keep it litter-free and fines might be a deterrent. But I'm convinced that instilling a sense of responsibility will be of much more use.