OUR VIEW: Custodians are not our servants


artwork by Kevin Ronquillo

Games are fun to attend, but with an empty Gatorade bottle here, a half a tray of nachos there, cleaning becomes rather excessive. With an environmentally-conscious society developing, littering should not have become the problem it is today, even on our campus. 

Statistics are not needed to show the amount of trash left lying around after a game. Facilities have so much litter that the family members of custodians stay and help clean up after games so their loved one does not spend extra hours just picking up trash. The amount of trash left behind not only makes the school look gross and dirty, but it also gives the impression that students and adults are lazy because they can’t put their garbage in a trash can a few feet away.

Those who argue that it is literally the custodians’ and maintenance staffs’ jobs to clean up after people are misplaced. What this argument fails to address is the real duties of our custodial staff, which is to clean and sanitize for our safety. With the Coronavirus still at large, it is important to have a safe and clean environment for students and staff to learn and work in, but that cannot be done if custodians are busy cleaning messes created by people capable of picking up their own trash.

The custodial staffs’ workload can be reduced dramatically if people think twice about leaving their waste behind. If everyone adopts the idea that custodians are personal servants for litterers in stead of valuable personnel for maintaining the school, who is actually going to be left to get the more important jobs done?