Are you ever astounded by the amount of trash littering the roads near you?
It never – and I do mean never – ceases to amaze me that we live with fellow humans who deem it A-OK to toss trash out their car windows. On the highway, in the neighborhood, by a school, or parked on the beach, these grand citizens of the world have decided that the great outdoors is a suitable container for their garbage.
It was always bad enough with the cigarette butts (which still are tossed by the millions, BTW) but on my daily bike ride I am now seeing beer and soda cans, fast food bags, kleenex tissues, and candy wrappers; you name it, it’s on the side of the road each and every day. Just the other morning we carried back an unopened beer, two empty tall boys, and a plastic 6 pack holder.
Whether they were taught by willfully ignorant parents or it is behavior learned when they had to toss a case of Bud Light Clamato whilst driving their kids home from school, the fact is that all this trash is NOT good for the environment.
Besides being unsightly (and mindblowingly frustrating), this trash doesn’t just disappear on its own one day; rather, it causes all sorts of problems:
According to Keep America Beautiful, over 51 billion pieces of litter are tossed by the road each year. Doing the math, that’s 6,729 items per mile. Per MILE. Cleanup of this litter costs over $11 billion each year, money that could be better spent on other causes.
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