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Good news and bad news…

There is a mixed bag of quasi environmental news today.

First, the good news. California Gov. Jerry Brown “… signed the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways,” according to the Associated Press.

Of course – no surprise here – a national coalition of plastic bag manufacturers immediately said it would seek a voter referendum to repeal the law, which is scheduled to take effect in July 2015. I say ‘Good luck guys.’ One of the trade group’s arguments: the legislation would “hurt the environment.” Huh?

The local news here in Charlotte isn’t so hot, and ostensibly has made my pathway job that much tougher. We’re down to one street sweeper machine and only one crew to pick up litter in the city streets (note: I do not count as a crew).

Charlotte's going to do even less than it was doing to pick up litter. They'll scale back to sweeping streets only on weekends. Alas, my duty is at least six days a week.

Charlotte’s going to do even less than it was doing to pick up litter. They’ll scale back to sweeping streets only on weekends. Alas, my duty is at least six days a week.

The Sept. 30 Charlotte Observer reported this morning that problems with a vendor paid to pick up refuse for recycling has forced the city to pitch in to empty curbside recycling containers and that effort “… has “strained” city resources, according to a memo this week.”

Hence the skeleton armada of machines and litter picker uppers. To make matters worse, reports the Observer, “Starting this weekend, street sweeping and litter pick-up will be done on the weekends.”

Welcome to my world.

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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