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Discussion: Roadside trash

in: Charlie; Charlie > 2016-04-19

Apr 19, 2016 6:36 PM # 
Our town could cover its snowplow budget if it placed a TrashCam (sic) at my mailbox and resolved to prosecute the offenders.
Apr 19, 2016 9:25 PM # 
Ratlum doesn't have enough poor people! In the City, those 'twinkling' Bud Light aluminum cans are scooped up immediately, and hauled in commandeered shopping carts to the recycling yard for bounty!
Apr 19, 2016 10:46 PM # 
The poor people would have an awfully long hike if they wanted to try that in the far-flung reaches of Canton.

So Shannon is something on the order of 25 years of age by this point?
Apr 19, 2016 11:02 PM # 
J-J is right. Poor people aren't so dumb that they would walk up to Ratlum looking for cans 7 miles from the nearest place they could get a nickel for them. While 3 or 5 or even 10 of them are an eyesore, they are hardly enough to make it worth the while to wheel a shopping cart up here to collect them.

Shannon would be 22, approximately 1 1/2 years younger than Zack.
Apr 20, 2016 6:14 PM # 
Maybe so. But when I pick up aluminum cans around the property, and place them in my recycling drums, I feel 'doubly' rewarded: First for picking up litter, and Second for reducing the land-fill eyesores outside of town by 12oz each!
Apr 21, 2016 12:35 AM # 
And thus the job is left to people like Charlie, for whom the benefits are psychological.
Apr 21, 2016 1:12 PM # 
I once biked up to a car that had just thrown an empty can out their window, and asked the woman not to litter my neighborhood. And I was informed, as the car jetted away from the light, that "They pick them up!"
Apr 21, 2016 4:27 PM # 
Throwing the not-quite-empty can or un-extinguished cigarette butt back in the window is the appropriate response, but SUV > bike.
Apr 21, 2016 6:53 PM # 
I engage in that activity also. I can proudly say that there is no trash in the woods across from my house, because I pick it up!
Many places there is so much that I gather it up then drop it into one big(ger) pile, hoping someone will notice and take it all.
Apr 21, 2016 9:45 PM # 
...but SUV > bike...

Good observation!

I once had a buddy drop a discarded can back into a convertible as some hood was driving through our neighborhood with his girlfriend. The hood slammed on the brakes, jumped up without bothering to open his car door, stomped across his own car hood dropping down in front of my friend...and delivered a roundhouse right that just about broke my buddy's jaw.

In the contest between the environment and common culture, commoners will always win.

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