A Litter Bit

Not Lovin’ It! What I picked up along the road in front of our house this week. How about the glittery shoe in the center?!

Today I offer an anecdotal theory : There is a direct relationship between an improved economy and an increase in litter.  The one constant in this unscientific experiment has been our property’s substantial road frontage. With 15 years of data to support this conclusion, here are some observations: certain brand smokers scrunch and toss their packages far more readily than other brand users. Chocolate milk drinkers litter at a 10:1 greater rate than white milk drinkers.  And fans of the bigger drinks are bigger litter bugs. Countless 32+ oz cups have congregated along our yard’s edge.

The Ad campaign featuring the Indian chief with the tear running down his face as litter is tossed at his feet still remains implanted in my mind and heart

A non-littering gene may be embedded into my DNA. Ever since I was a young child, conserving and trying to act as a steward of the earth has been my strong inclinationI believe I am physically unable to litter.  Actually, I can be a bit like an evangelical environmentalist.  Once I went up to car passengers who had just dumped an entire family’s fast food meal wrappers onto the parking lot.  I picked up the trash, knocked on the window, and advised the carload that they must have accidentally mistaken the ground for a trash can.  With the uptick in violence in our country, I have since stopped my direct confrontation of litter bugs. But I remain a trasher basher.

Back to the economy / litter relationship. Over the years, I have had to be a daily litter gitter during good economic times. When the economy in our area was stalled, especially around 2009 – 2013, the litter tapered off. The good news is the economy in our area looks to be on a major upsurge. The bad news, I’m picking up litter on a daily basis again. Go figure. I am  happy to report that some ambitious, artistic individuals have truly turned trash into treasure.

And some of the art is “litterally” amazing! dirtywhitetrash



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(4) Comments

  • Amy
    January 30, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    We need more stewards of the earth like you!
    I especially love the art pic! So fun!

  • Laura
    February 7, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Strange connections and unintended consequences….when you throw human nature into the mix you just never know. Here’s another example of makingwanted artistic point out of waste.

    • Mary
      February 7, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      Post some pictures of the trash made into Art at the Brevard Zoo.

  • Tracy
    February 15, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Thanks, Helen. I, too, am a bit of a ‘trasher basher.’ I have watched car occupants, open a window and heave their trash out as they are driving through a lovely, wooded area near my home. I guess if they perceive that no one can see them, it is okay. I have never been able to understand this motivation. Thanks for your unfailing guardianship of the ground!

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