Although this rule has just been announced to Costa Mesa last week, this is not the first time it has been carried out. This policy was administered before to students of the past, for the same reasons as of present. If a student or guest of the school were to make their way to the dome area, they would see the giant dome that kids eat under and all of the trash spread out everywhere on the ground.
With the no-littering rule being reestablished, Principal D'Agostino hopes to purge all of the trash once and for all and make the school a cleaner environment for future students. "We were hoping that students would be more responsible and clean up after themselves and to see how their campus benefits off of it," said Principal D'Agostino. The rule was placed in the hopes that students would heed the "No Littering" signs around the school and make the school a healthy place to be in.
The trash defiles the school grounds and makes it a bad place to work in, but that is not the only effect the trash has on it. Seagulls and all kinds of critters are attracted to the mess and come to the school in large numbers. "The trash is becoming a nuisance and it is attracting many winged-critters," explained Principal D'Agostino. After every nutrition and lunch, birds such as crows and seagulls swoop in to the dome area to finish off the leftovers that students have left for them all over the grounds.
Students also fail to realize that there are people that help clean up the mess that they have started: the janitors. The janitors are the unknown force working behind the scenes in order to preserve the beauty of Costa Mesa High, and are there to support the environment of the school making it a better place. "They work at the end of each lunch spending 2 and a half hours, a quarter of their day during an 8-hour shift, cleaning up trash," said Principal D'Agostino, "it is really disrespectful of the students to make the janitors spend their time cleaning up the mess they made."
In order to catch and spot anyone littering in campus grounds, security will from now on use the cameras positioned all around the school, all for the purpose of stopping the spread of litter. "We will be having more security and administration observing students," said Principal D'Agostino when asked what other measures will be taken to enforce the no-littering policy. So students should now keep in mind that they have people looking out for any litter-bugs who dare to break the rules and get a fine that they might not be able to pay off. The fine for being caught littering stands at $350 to $500. When asked whether or not they are able to pay off the fine if caught, Michael Ungeheier responded by saying, "Well no, I'm a high school teenager; I don't have that kind of money."
If you take in all of these factors, then I see no reason for anyone to be lazy and not use a trashcan. This trash problem, although it affects the school, also affects the environment as well as our planet. We should not make the janitors take care of the mess we have caused ourselves, seeing as they have plenty to deal with already. The point of a trashcan is in the name itself (a can that holds trash). These waste bins are also spread out everywhere to keep students from using the school itself as the trashcan, so I advise students to not be lazy and throw away your junk in the right places.