Today’s trash fact:
The average American generates more than 4 lbs. of trash per day. (Environmental Protection Agency).
If you’ve never lived in the South, you don’t know brambles. You have no concept of how dense and utterly impassable a patch of thorns can be.
There’s one stretch of my path where I’ve seen several cans and bottles stuck in the midst of a hellacious mess of thorns. But I could never see an entry point where I could retrieve the debris without shredding myself – as I’ve done before to the point of drawing blood – in the process. But there was no pressing new for speed this morning so I resolved to search for a point to squeeze in and make a painless retrieval.
So I went behind the tangle – about 15 yards worth of walking – and, sure enough, there was a sliver of an opening but it was still guarded by enough sparse briars to threaten my legs yet by this point I was within reach. A stick came in handy to nudge the offending items toward me. Moments later and after only a few minor scrapes, three Anheiser-product beer cans and a couple of plastic bottles were in my bag.
Those early finds were the tip of trash iceberg. There was far more ^%$#*& junk than usual. A Walmart bag that was blowin’ in the wind made storage better.
It ended up as a full two-bag morning, perhaps the most ever. The haul included the usual suspects: Bud Light, Yuengling and Coors Light cans, Gatorade and Mountain Dew bottles, a McDonalds‘ bag, along with 100 other objects of my sidewalk search. The added bulk added 30 minutes to my stroll but I suppose an extra half hour sweat equity is worth it if this amount is trash is taken out of circulation.