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The environment loses some weight…

Finally, some extra pounds I can live with.

For sake of argument, let’s say my average daily haul of picked up trash is … 2 pounds. The volume by weight can vary wildly (the variables are hard plastic and glass). But a couple of pounds is pretty close.

A good week's haul of trash removed from my path. It feels good to see the recycling man pick this up every Wednesday.

A good week’s haul of trash removed from my path. It feels good to see the recycling man pick this up every Wednesday.

I walk, on average, five days per week. Now, as years of disappointed math teachers could sorrowfully attest, my computation skills are slim at best but even these figures are easy for me: 2 x 5 = 10 pounds of junk per week.

By extension, 10 x 52 weeks = 520 lbs. 520 lbs. x 3 years of picking garbage up = 1,560 lbs. of trash forcibly removed from the sidewalk / street / downstream ecosystems.

There are two ways to look at the raw totals. One, that’s a lot of litter. But, two, it’s only one 2.5 mile loop in a huge metropolitan area with thousands of miles of unkempt streets.

That’s not math I’m terribly comfortable computing. The totals would be mind boggling. At some point I’ll reach one ton of stuff picked up one ounce at a time; it’s the remaining tonnage out there that bothers me. Given that, my one ton will earn only a muted celebration.

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.

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