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One week’s take: messy, yucky, sordid…

How much trash can you pick up in a week?

Apparently a lot. No matter how you slice it, it’s a messy, yucky and sordid business. All manner of goo seeps out of containers and bottles and fast food bags. Better in my bag, I suppose, than into the public waterways. (My trash retrieval habit went oceanic last weekend; I plucked from the brackish water several bobbing bottles and containers while kayak fishing in an Intercoastal waterway at Oak Island, NC.)

The sum total of my toil this week. Whatever elation I feel at doing good is tempered knowing there will be more junk tomorrow and the days after that.

The sum total of my toil this week. Whatever elation I feel at doing good is tempered knowing there will be more junk tomorrow and the days after that.

Someone has to do this stuff. There are simply too many knuckleheads out there who don’t give a damn about the visual and physical spoilage their carelessness causes.

This morning I hauled a recycle bin stuffed with several bags of recycled goodies to the curb. The weight was probably 20 lbs. or so. I take some special measure of satisfaction from freeing plastic and polystyrene from storm grates since the next stop would be who-knows-where. The ocean maybe.

But these objects de trash won’t make it that far; they’ve been liberated from fouling our eco-system. My elation is always short-lived though; this sidewalk work is never done. Slobs do their dirty work and we’re all the worse off for it.

Here’s the rest of the week’s sorry results: IMG_0444IMG_0449 IMG_0448 IMG_0447 IMG_0446 IMG_0445

About Dave Bradley (259 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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