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Kitimat bus driver refuses to accept trail of trash

04/17/2015 02:39 EDT | Updated 07/03/2015 02:59 EDT
A shuttle bus driver is so embarrassed by the garbage littering a stretch of highway in northern British Columbia that she's taken to distracting her passengers as they head into Kitimat.

Sandra Jackson drives roughly 50 kilometres almost every day from the airport in Terrace to Kitimat. As she approaches Kitimat, she notices the ditches on either side of Highway 37 are littered with bags of garbage, cans, bottles and tires.

"I don't know if it's because the grass hasn't grown up enough to hide it or the snow's melted and it's all exposed," Jackson told Daybreak North. "It's just bad."

Jackson, who moved from Ontario to Kitimat last summer, says she's very proud of her new home, and takes it personally when people don't respect the natural beauty of Kitimat.

"People have never been here before so I'm pointing out the rivers and the mountains and the trees and the moss on the trees because it's a rainforest," she said, referring to her passengers.

"And as we get in, I almost tell them to avert their eyes, like, 'Look up, don't look down.'"

Fed up with the filth, Jackson says she intends to head out on the weekend to clear out the garbage herself. She says a local construction company has also offered to help her. 

To hear the full interview with Sandra Jackson, listen to the audio labelled: Kitimat driver takes highway garbage very personally

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