One of the flowers I came across on my last training was anything but natural. Plastic poinsettias blown from a grave. The street along the cemetery always has plastic and silk flowers that have blown way from the graves they were meant to honor. Every time there is a storm or even a moderate wind more of these unnatural memorials are blown from their graves to the streets and yards of the nearby neighborhoods. They go from lovely sediment to litter with just one gust of wind. If they aren’t picked up in time they get blown or washed into nearby storm drains and washed into our water ways.
I would like to see what can be done about limiting graveside memorials to one which cannot be blown away (stone) or biodegradable (real flowers). There may be even a market for artificial flowers made out of corn like the biodegradable packing peanuts which would be more environmentally friendly. I’m hoping with all of the environmental awareness the cemetery owners and associations will agree post rules or suggestions as well as have grounds keepers remove plastic and silk flowers, balloons, etc on a continuous schedule to keep the surrounding neighborhoods clean and protect our environment.
Now that the soap box has been pulled out, I just need to find what the next step should be.