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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.

How is it that one 2.5 mile path can fill two bags  to capacity?

How is it that one 2.5 mile path can fill two bags to capacity?

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.

Here's the depressing inventory of my morning's effort. It never cease to amaze me how slovenly Americans can be.

Here’s the depressing inventory of my morning’s effort. It never ceases to amaze me how slovenly Americans can be.

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.

About Dave Bradley (264 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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