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What one day of litter looks like …

I got called out by a reader about Sunday’s double trash walk.

Most of the litter, she said, “… blows out of garbage trucks.”

My response: “That is straight bull shit.”

Almost nothing in this volume – polystyrene fast food cups, plastic soda bottles, beer cans, and virtually everything else picked up by hand – is flotsam from trucks. Perhaps the plastic sheets and polystyrene flat fell by the wayside, but this is largely the doing of slobs. Every stinking bit of it.

This is the same reader who, several months ago, said other cities have it worse. Not that I don’t care about the cleanliness of other locales, but I don’t give a damn. I care about Charlotte. This is where I live.

And I will keep piling on once she sees this photo: ‘If you don’t think Charlotte has a goddamn litter problem, look closely at the sheer enmity represented by this heap of junk. All this crap was collected on one day along two paths.’


Am I angry? You could say so. Charlotte, you have a real and true litter problem.

Do the math. If there’s this much litter (12 lbs. or so) on two relatively short routes, how much has accumulated on the more than two thousand miles of Charlotte streets?’

There was so much trash that for the first time ever, I had to stand on a chair to capture the grandeur of all the sordidness in one semi-panoramic view.

I have a relatively thick skin but she found a way to get under it. Now my dander is up. Her’s ought to be, too.

About Dave Bradley (264 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; the first on 17 years of writing weekly letters 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 these single pagers 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 and so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for 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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