Do people really still litter?I was driving down I-40 last weekend and noticed that there was a line of orange trash bags along the side of the interstate. I assume this was from inmates cleaning up the road and that someone would be along to clean it up later. I asked Stephen, "Do people really still litter?" We laughed about the old ads that said, "Give a hoot, don't pollute." However, it really isn't funny to see so much trash on the ground. It makes our great city look ugly and dirty.
I've recently asked a few people if they ever throw trash on the ground or out the window of their car and I usually get an emphatic, NO! Why would anyone do something like that? So, the type of people that I associate with do not litter. Good. But, who does?
I live a few blocks from a park that is next to a homeless shelter. A lot of the folks from the shelter hang out at the park during the day. That place is covered in trash. It gets cleaned up on occasion I'm not sure by who -- maybe a local church group or perhaps the city does it. Either way, the place has multiple trashcans and people continue to throw trash on the ground.
As I left work today, I watched a guy get in his car, throw out a Bojangles bag and cup, then drive off. Why? I just don't understand why?! I wanted to yell, "Hey moron! Throw it in a trashcan or hand it to me and I throw it in a trashcan for you!" He was a really big guy (construction worker), so I thought better of it.
I go out of my way to recycle and compost I buy local produce when I can. I drive a fuel efficient car. Being green is so important to me. I am furious that people show such disrespect for the earth and for others by littering. I know that I do my part and I am sure I could do more. But, I just cannot wrap my mind around what is so hard about throwing your trash in a trashcan! Sheesh!