Over the last couple of years, as the weather started to get warmer and the official end of winter was right around the corner, I have noticed how much garbage was just lying around. You might not see it when you are driving along the roads in an automobile, but if you go for a walk or ride a bike around town, you will begin to notice it nearly everywhere. It is an epidemic that has gotten out of hand and it is up to everyone to try to make it go away.
Over the last few weeks I have tried to get out and get some exercise on some of the nicer days that we have had lately and the litter is starting to get to me. Just walking a few miles from my house I see piles and piles of garbage strewn about. The route I take even has several garbage cans spaced sporadically along the sidewalk, but that doesn’t seem to matter to most people. The garbage cans remain barely used while garbage lines the streets, gutters and sidewalks.
Earlier this week I determined that this problem wasn’t about to go away on its own. If the problem was ever going to get better something had to be done, and it had to start now. I put on some latex gloves, grabbed a garbage bag, and just started walking.
I knew that I wouldn’t have to go very far having already surveyed the landscape over the last several weeks. I didn’t even have to leave my quiet suburban neighborhood before I had a trash bag full of debris that people had just tossed to the ground so that someone else would have to pick up. I only was out for around 30 minutes and traveled less than a quarter of a mile and had already accumulated 17 pounds of garbage.