People need to stop littering. Seriously! Whatever happened to “Give a hoot, don’t pollute”? I think most people have thrown that saying out the window along with all their trash.
I decided since I don’t live near the ocean or a lake or river right now, that I would take time out of my week to clean the streets. I look at it as a preventative step; most trash ends up in our water anyways.
Off I went with my fine pair of gloves and my “trashy” bag as my daughter slept in her stroller. I am teaching her at a young age to protect and respect the environment you see.
I received many funny looks. Stares. And I am pretty sure people thought I was a sight for sorry eyes while I was pushing a stroller, wearing one glove, holding a bag full of trash bending over to pick up every piece of garbage along my path. I must have looked fabulous actually.
You will be shocked. I was. Just look at what and how much garbage I collected on my 2 mile walk. My bag was over flowing with trash. I didn’t go out of my way to pick-up the garbage. It was just there.
Most interesting thing; what I believe is half of a foam handle to a small bike. I think. Not sure.
The most common item; which I am not surprised about at all. Drum roll please: plastic water, juice and soda bottles; 19 to be exact. And some were even full. This brings lazy to a whole new level. You have water or juice or soda and can’t be bothered to bring it home to have for later? Instead you feel that throwing it in the streets is a much better option? Weird!
I cleaned and sorted all my trash into two piles; recyclables and non-recyclables. I will now recycle what I can and throw the rest in the dumpster. I guess putting it in the dumpster is better than leaving it in the streets.
Here is the trashy list:
- 19 water/juice/soda bottles
- 1 malt liquor can
- 1 soda can
- 1 glass bottle
- section of a newspaper
- 1 cookie box
- aluminum can lid
- candy wrappers
- 1 straw holder from a juice box
- 1 spoon
- 2 chips bags
- 2 chocolate bar wrappers
- 1 juice pouch
- 3 ice cream wrappers
- 1 mini ice cream lid…never found the container
- 2 lottery scratch tickets
- 1 Styrofoam plate…Grrrr
- 1 Styrofoam coffee cup
- 1 plastic coffee lid
- 2 cigarette packages
- 1 random foam bike handle
- 1 freeze wrapper
- 1 piece of plastic from a Frisbee
- 1 calling card
- some paper
- 1 air freshener which made the trash smell better
I personally just don’t get it. Even before I was this crazed green, tree hugging girl; I never thought to throw my trash in the streets. I at least put it in it’s appropriate place i.e. garbage can.
I have come to realize people take our planet for granted; some people really just don’t care. And I find it a hard pill to swallow. I don’t understand. We only have one planet and we are doing a great job at trashing it.
You’re welcome Williamsport, PA for all my hard work helping to clean your streets. Maybe someone else who is on the city’s payroll should try it sometime. You know-clean the streets.
Anyone else ever just randomly pick-up trash while out and about or plan an outing to do so? Or am I one of the only trash pickers out there?