Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Littering - One of My Pet Peeves

One thing that bothers me is when people litter or throw their trash on the ground instead of putting it in a proper garbage or recycling bin. Sometimes you see people throw a cup or a can out of their car window. I don't see how someone can do this and think it is ok. Obviously they don't care about dirtying the environment in which we all live. Either that, or they think that one piece of garbage is not going to make a difference.

Maybe it seems like one thing won't make much of a difference, but the thing is that if everyone took this mind set and threw their garbage on the ground, there would be tons of litter blowing around the streets, getting caught in trees, and just making the environment look terrible. Because of this, no one should ever throw their garbage on the ground. We all need to take the responsibility to clean up after ourselves and make the effort to put garbage where it is suppose to be.

Originally I wasn't going to post this blog, but I saw someone litter again today and it really bothered me. Some guy was walking down the street and he just chucks some garbage to the side like he's throwing a baseball or something. What can you do in a situation like that? I wanted to get out of my car and confront him, or at least say something, but I'm not the type of person to involve myself in situations like that let alone people like that.

Later, I thought about even calling the police to report it, but I figured, they wouldn't be able to do much about it, and something like that would be low on their priority list. So what can you do? We just have to put up with people littering and rely on taxes to pay for city workers and volunteers to go around and pick up after these irresponsible people? There must be a better way.

Update: I now have taken a proactive approach to solving the problem and have started to pick up litter on a regular basis. Here is an article I wrote up about this process. I try to go around my neighborhood at least once a week cleaning up. Also whenever I go in or out I look for any litter that may be on the ground. Overall it really makes a difference!

Update 9-18-18
There is a new Reddit group called DeTrashed which is a community of people interested in helping to clean up litter. If you are someone who is interested in clean up, be sure to check out this group.


1 comment:

  1. I hate it too when I sit in traffic and someone in the next car is smoking with the windows open, forcing me to either inhale their smoke, or to close my windows and turn the fan off as well. My car seems to suck in all the smoke from around unfortunately.

    Then to top it all, they flick the cigarette end out of the window on to the road.

    I feel so like getting out of my car, picking it up and throwing it back in, making sure it either goes on the floor or on their lap.

    One of these days I swear I am going to do it...