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A bad day in a good way…

There are different barometers of my days spent hauling in trash/junk/assorted other shit along my path; volume (i.e. bag buster amounts), removal of specialty plastic items (i.e. flossing thingies, broken bumpers from car wrecks), or extra-nice days when there’s hardly anything that impedes my hurried walking pace.

Then there are items RFSDs; if there is a nirvana of removing stuff from the wrong end of the environmental chain, this is it. This morning as I criss crossed

It was a bag buster this morning, but of special import were the items pulled from the brink of storm drains. That is the apex of trash retrieval for me.

It was a bag buster this morning, but of special import were the items pulled from the brink of storm drains. That is the apex of trash retrieval for me.

the six lanes of Fairview Road when errant items were spotted, I took a fleeting second to check out the grids on storm drains.

Good thing. Wedged tight or perilously balanced on the ledge of varied drains were a 5 Hour Energy bottle, Pepsi and Gatorade G2 bottles, a polystyrene cup, and two of those little red Solo cups the country singer Toby Keith wails about.

All ended up in my bag. If this trash isn’t pulled back from the precipice then who knows where the hell this retrievable plastic will end up. Suffice to say where it goes no one will follow. It will never be picked up and never recycled.

No day picking up some else’s mess is necessarily good. But saving certain items in the nick of time makes a bad day somewhat better.

About Dave Bradley (254 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; one on 15 years of writing a weekly letter 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 letters 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 so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for 'Pick Up Your Path' 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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