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Take your butts elsewhere…

I have never picked up a cigarette butt in all my time patrolling my path. Not once.

It’s really a numbers game: there’s just too many of them too strewn out. I don’t care where you look along the road, I defy you to not see a carelessly tossed butt.

Some jerk dropped these butts off on Fairview Road at Phillips Place. Idiot.

Some jerk dumped this load of butts  on Fairview Road at Phillips Place. Nice going, idiot.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of cigarette butts laying along my route in various stages of decomposition. Every city I’ve ever visited, and it’s the same way. Butts everywhere.

Phillip Morris USA, General Tobacco, American Tobacco Company, et al, have bigger fish to fry than to worry about what they contribute to the roadsides. To their credit they do push responsible disposal of the remnants of their products.

The rest of us should care, too. It’s too bad so many others don’t. One guy who does is my good friend Bob, and while I won’t divulge it, he has a crackerjack idea to shame butt tossers into submission. It would be very in-your-face but maybe a strong-armed approach is what is needed.

Bring it on, Bob. When you’re ready, will be, too.

About Dave Bradley (264 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; the first on 17 years of writing weekly letters to my kids (plus other recipients), the other on my localized environmental responsibility ( I'm a writer by trade and both endeavors are accepted practice for me. As for the letters, my adult children Ellen and Reid may have seen these single pagers as corny at one point, but it's accepted practice for them, too, to find something in their mailbox other than bills and junk mail. Email and texting don't do a lot for me for a lot of different reasons. Snail mail has its place in the communicative world and so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for and the environment, I advocate what citizens can do themselves to take a direct hand in their neighborhood environment. But Pick Up Your Path is also a general environmental blog. It may be largely about litter and trash, but both of those are just one element of the total environmental picture.

1 Comment on Take your butts elsewhere…

  1. i have always wanted to make a bumper sticker for the butt litterers…”KEEP YOUR BUTTS OFF THE ROAD”.

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