I was shocked to read that some of Vancover’s trash may be heading to landfills in Washington and Oregon in this news item from The Province. The U.S. is shipping some of our garbage to China, plus the oceans have become home to floating plastic continents. I thought that Oregon was one of the greenest states in the country. Are they willing to accept Canadian garbage?
Archive for March, 2008
This story from the Associated Press in Bend, Oregon, is amazing:
Associated Press – March 29, 2008 10:35 PM ET
HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) – The weather was awful, but 3,700 volunteers turned out for Oregon’s 24th annual beach cleanup and picked up about 110,000 pounds of trash along the 362-mile coastline.
Saturday’s cleanup, organized each year by SOLV, rounds up some unusual items each year in addition to the more routine trash.
This year’s haul included crab pots, commercial fishing gear, a freezer door, a pesticide applicator, a television set, water tanks and an unusually large number of plastic bottles.
SOLV was founded in 1969 by the late Governor Tom McCall to address litter and vandalism problems.
Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Will I get in trouble for blogging it?
Even in a National Forest:
There’s no excuse for dumping in a pristine area. In Nashville, Metro Public Works will pick up six bulk items if you just call them.
Or What Would Jesus Do?
Here’s a Quick Poll from NY1 News, who asked their readers what did they do when they saw someone littering in the subway. I believe strongly that the results would hold true for anyone in the U.S. walking on the street, riding the bus or driving in their cars.
Once I was walking with an employee of the Nashville Zoo, who saw someone throw their guest map to the ground. The employee picked it up, walked up to the person who littered and said, “Here you dropped this.” That was so cool to do to a litterer.