The Justice League of America says, "We don't litter, and you shouldn't either."
Brianna and Claire say, "Hey, we don't litter. We may strew toys everywhere, leaving a wave of baby destruction in our paths, but we're totally Green."
Well, several months have passed, and the news is not that encouraging. In a stretch of the Murdocksville Road about one-eighth of a mile long beginning at my house, I gathered the following assortment in less than 30 minutes.
This is not a scientific study, since I don't know how long some of the litter has been there, but I've picked up roadside trash in that stretch a few more times since January, and lots of this haul was new.
I won't get into the CSI analysis this time. There seems to be a lot of fast food packaging and all sorts of beverage containers. Stuff the perpetrators just don't want in their own garbage cans or other repository. It's not like we're asking them to make a special trip to the landfill: just BE RESPONSIBLE! Please. : )
There is some evidence of repeat offenders. Marlboro Man (or woman) hasn't kicked the habit yet (many empty packs found). Someone favors Newports (3 boxes). You can identify most of this assemblage yourself.
I don't know the significance, but I found three empty tins of Grizzly Snuff. Wintergreen makes it more palatable for his "sweetie," I'm sure.
I would have suspected that people who were proactive about their own health would also care about the health of their environment. So I was a little surprised to find water bottles and green tea fraternizing with the beer cans and sodas.
And what self-respecting Starbucks customer would like to be known as a litterbug? It just doesn't fit their profile. But you can't argue with the evidence.
One bit of good news. By the time I removed all the plastic, aluminum, paper, and cardboard, only this non-recyclable trash remained. So at least 50% of what I picked up will be recycled.