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Sometimes a little, sometimes a lot…

What’s that old saying about volume vs. quality? ‘You lose a little on every sale, but make it up in volume.’ Something like that.

The situation is switched around for litter picker-uppers. Quality is good (less trash) while volume is bad (more trash).

This is a good day. Not nearly enough to fill a bag.

This is a good day. Not nearly enough to fill a bag.

That’s how it pans out for me most days. Sometimes you pick up so little you wonder why you took a bag. Sometimes you retrieve enough that a wheelbarrow would come in handy. I guess the point is there’s always something to pick up, sort, recycle.

This is a bad day, a literal bag buster of a haul.

This is a bad day, a literal bag buster of a haul.

There’s no escaping the fact that there is a lunatic fringe (apologies Red Rider) that seems hell bent on rolling down the window to jettison whatever they feel like tossing aside.

In about 90 minutes I’ll hit the bricks again for 2.5 miles. How much is out there is anybody’s guess. I’m hoping for quality over volume.


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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