Who would go to a beautiful outdoor setting, chosen because it’s lovely there, and after enjoying some time with the nearest and dearest, screw up their rubbish and leave the venue filthy?
All too many, it seems.
With visitor numbers to the region’s beaches swelling year on year, the litter problem has been getting worse.
At Lake Illawarra, members of the Windang Surf Life Saving Club can’t believe how people would come and enjoy their beach then dump on it. Paul Wheeler sent some photos of the rubbish left behind by some visitors on Tuesday.
But there are good souls picking up after the wicked. On Thursday, the Mercury came across Alena Narr and her husband Miguel Venegas, who voluntarily, and regularly, pick up whatever rubbish they come across.
“It’s especially in the holidays, when so many people some here,” Ms Narr said.
“Some people just don’t seem to care. That’s why when we have the chance, it doesn’t take much, we do what we can.
“In the rocks, there’s lots of fishing rods, line, hooks, and the birds actually get really badly hurt by that.
“And there’s a lot of broken bottles as well.
“It’s the animals – it’s bad for the animals – but it’s bad for us humans as well.
“If it’s a nice place, why would you make it worse? It doesn’t make any sense.”