Recently it was reported that one of the problems about employing domestic help in the UAE is the issue of laziness or to put the matter in a positive frame, if you want to get fit, do the work around the house yourself.
Relying on domestic help also reinforces the habit of expecting others to clean up the mess at home. The problem with this tendency is that when people go out for a picnic, as they are inclined to do at this cooler time of the year, they often leave their helpers at home and there is no one to clean up the trash.
Or do they deliberately leave it on the ground to give the municipality workers something to do—why pick up the rubbish when the municipality workers are paid to pick it up the next day?
The trash problem in the public areas, especially the beaches around Fujairah and Kalba, appears to be the same or getting worse.
Perhaps people might get the message and correct their ways if they are fined for leaving litter on the ground and throwing paper out the windows of their cars.
Dr Geoff Pound
Image: Trash was all over the picnic areas in Khor Kalba last Saturday morning.