My “litter” pet peeve

Every time I see litter by the roadside, I try to imagine what the litter-er was thinking.

What in the world could make someone think it’s okay to take something they don’t want and turn it into landscape.

Not long ago, our family was loaded in the car and traveling to downtown. No more than 100 feet from a major intersection, some fool in a huge SUV (an Escalade, no less) chucked an ENTIRE Sunday newspaper out the window.

I watched in horror as, at least, a hundred pieces of newsprint slammed into the pavement and exploded into page after page of litter. I tried to put myself in the shoes of the culprit, but never came up with a realistic reason why this was better than simply waiting until they reached an appropriate receptacle for the newspaper.

[Thirty-eight percent (38%!!!) of our total waste is from paper and paperboard!]

How do people rationalize that this is acceptable? Our community has so many options for recycling newspaper. Half of the schools, churches and miscellaneous parking lots have large dumpsters that are designated for paper recycling. There’s just no excuse.

If you don’t have curbside recycling and have a questions about where your recyclables should go, hesitate for a second… and then go here: www.earth911.org . There’s a locator at the top of the page… put it to (good) use!

(Now if I could just find that jerk in the Escalade!)

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12 thoughts on “My “litter” pet peeve

  1. When I was an undergrad living on a rural college campus, my girlfriend and I witnessed one of the most ridiculous acts of ltitering I had ever seen. A guy was walking *towards* the cafeteria building with a fountain cup of soda (one of those cheap styrofoam types with a lid and straw). Before he got to the building, he knelt down, and placed the cup ON THE GROUND!

    Why he couldn’t have walked another 10 feet and tossed the cup in the trash can is beyond my comprehension. Since I was following behind him, I silently picked up the cup, and did what he should have done to begin with. I refuse to even try to “walk in their shoes” to come up with a good reason for not recycling, or at the very least, disposing of things in the proper way.

    Robert Rowes last blog post..Oh Woe is Technology

  2. Hi,
    So we are on the beach yesterday, just chillin, people watching, talking etc. This couple goes by, the she part puffing on a cigarette. As she is walking by our little Myrtle Beach piece of sand, she flicks her cig butt right into the ocean! classy, huh?

    I really wanted to chase her freaking down.
    But, of course I didn’t.

    Joel Libava
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  3. We were at the “AST Dew Tour” yesterday at north coast harbor. (The tour is skateboarding, BMX & Motocross) Kudos to them for having bottle and can recycle bins EVERYWHERE! : ) Anyway, we were leaving the bleachers after watching the motocross and the guy in front of me had the biggest plastic water bottle I had ever seen – it only had maybe 2 sips of water left. As we were nearing the stairs an usher says to him “here’s a recyling bin, can I take that for you?” He replies no, then walks down the stairs takes his last swig and throws the bottle on the ground and continues walking! WHAT!?!

  4. Robert – wow…that’s just pitiful and lazy, isn’t it?! It’s incomprehensible…but I applaud you for doing the right thing. I tend to pick up others’ trash too…as gross as it is, it’s better than walking by!

    Joel – you should have chased her down!!! 🙂 When I’m on the beach, litter makes me COMPLETELY insane! I want sand and surf between my toes, not cig butts and food wrappers!

    M – AUGH!!! That is AWFUL! It’s bad enough that he “passed” on the recycling, but to throw it on the ground instead of, at least, a trash can, is just shameful! I would have enjoyed tossing that same bottle at the back of his empty head!!!

  5. People littering is one of my biggest pet peeves! I cannot stand it, and there doesn’t seem to be a lack of examples of it. The latest was more disappointing than most, because it was a senior citizen of, my guess, 60 years of age. I would expect someone of his maturity (assumed anyway), to know better. Just goes to show, sometimes age is just a number.

  6. Grace – Older generations are sometimes really confusing…they either have extreme respect or they don’t recognize the gravity of their mistaken ways! You just never know. Age cannot be a predictor of maturity or consciousness!

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