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Great American Clean Up Week One

BagOTrash_1993When I first became active in the Great American Clean Ups three years ago, I learned that not everyone is as enthusiastic about cleaning up someone else’s mess as I am. I’ve made a goal to clean up Newsome Station Road near my home during the next three months whether anyone helps me or not. Today I picked up 70 cans and plastic bottles off the side of the road.

Trash_1995I filled one garbage bag and accomplished this in less than 30 minutes. The bag weighed over 20 pounds.

Let me know if you would like to join me in the pick ups. I’ll probably do an hour a week — maybe more hours if I get some help. I can supply garbage bags and gloves.

For more information on the Great American Clean Up, contact Keep America Beautiful.

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Recycling Equals Money for Wedding

Can_0955I love this story from the Digital Journal:

Andrea Parrish, 25, and Peter Geyer, 29, have amassed 18,000 aluminum cans so far. Their ultimate goal is to collect 400,000 containers, which they estimate will weigh around five tons and can be redeemed for about $3,800. The pair is enlisting the help of family, friends and even total strangers to help them in their cause, and have set up a Web site giving all particulars on when and where donations of aluminum cans can be made. In commenting on this slightly quirky way of raising wedding funds, Parrish said:

“My parents have always thought I was nuts.”

While Geyer said a couple of the bags that have already filled half their living room contain about a thousand hangovers’ worth of crushed Busch Light beer cans and were contributed by a friend. The couple hopes to meet their goal by July 31, the date of their wedding.

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Percy Priest Lake Clean Up

The Nashville Clean Water Project held their third trash pick up in a year on the islands of Percy Priest Lake today. Luckily the rains held back which made perfect weather for picking up trash. I was in a group which picked up trash off Bear Island. No, we did not find bears, but we found at least two deer skeletons picked clean by vultures. What we did find was lots of trash. The island was covered with styrofoam from coolers and floatation devices. I found lots of glass bottles, aluminum cans and plastic bottles. I know that some of the glass Coca-Cola bottles were decades old.

I found an unopened can of beer that had been bleached white by the sun. The top had the old fashioned pull tab. I could not believe that the can had not exploded over the years. While I was tempted to open it, I left it unopened. I feared what the contents might smell like.

We found a large floatation device that had probably broken loose from the shore during a storm. It was towed back as it could be re-used.

In our group, which was the last for the day, we each picked up about four bags of trash per person. Plus we found tires, PVC pipe and other large objects.

Thanks to Mark Thien and Laurel Creech for heading up the effort.

Channel 2 had a photographer on our boat, so check their website for a video about the clean up.

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Bag O’ Trash

bagotrash_1197Sunday afternoon, I walked for about an hour. For 15-20 minutes of that hour, I picked up cans and plastic bottles along Newsom Station Road. I also picked up a CD. Here’s my bag of 13 cans and 9 plastic bottles.

Recently I was contacted by the Bucket of Trash movement. Their goal is to pick up one bucket of litter each week. What a great idea if all of us did this! Their idea of picking up buckets of trash is much better than my plastic bag o’ trash.

If you have 15 minutes to spare this week, go out in your neighborhood or outside your office at lunch time, and pick up a bucket, or bag, of trash.

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Bag O' Trash

bagotrash_1197Sunday afternoon, I walked for about an hour. For 15-20 minutes of that hour, I picked up cans and plastic bottles along Newsom Station Road. I also picked up a CD. Here’s my bag of 13 cans and 9 plastic bottles.

Recently I was contacted by the Bucket of Trash movement. Their goal is to pick up one bucket of litter each week. What a great idea if all of us did this! Their idea of picking up buckets of trash is much better than my plastic bag o’ trash.

If you have 15 minutes to spare this week, go out in your neighborhood or outside your office at lunch time, and pick up a bucket, or bag, of trash.

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Neighborhood Trash

This morning, I ran through the Boone Trace, Lexington Point and Riverwalk neighborhoods. In Riverwalk, I picked up a half full Coca-Cola can and a Camelot water bottle off the roadside.

I ran home with one in each hand. I do this a lot when I walk or run through the neighborhoods. And I do this daily.

I poured out the Coca-Cola immediately, but kept the water and poured it on my compost pile. Both the can and plastic bottle have gone into my recycling bin.

Construction workers in Riverwalk leave behind a lot of trash, but these items were nowhere around any construction area. I think residents dropped them. Why do people litter? Especially in their own neighborhood?

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Neighborhood Trash

This summer, during my evening walks or morning runs, I picked up plastic bottles, aluminum cans or glass bottles that I found on the streets in the subdivisions of Boone Trace, Lexington Point and Riverwalk.

Since this is the last day of August, and I started this project in early June, here are the stats:

Plastic bottles: 66

Aluminum cans: 25

Glass bottles: 2

While I have no proof, I think most of these were left behind by homeowners and their children playing outside. One day, I picked up about nine plastic bottles on the soccer field in Lexington Point. Teens gathered there eyed me suspiciously. There was an empty trash can on the field next to the swing set. I photographed the plastic bottle above in front of a Boone Trace resident’s home yesterday.

When I run in the mornings, and now that school has started, I find lots of plastic bottles left where the children catch the bus.

I hope I’m noticed picking up my neighbor’s litter. I’m sure those who see me running with empty water bottles think that they are mine. I ran home last Thursday with an empty beer bottle which I found in a yard on Boone Trace. No, it wasn’t mine.

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15-Minutes of Trash

This morning, I decided to clean up some of the roadside litter on Newsom Station Road. The Metro Drug Court is supposed to send out those required to do community service to do this, but I wanted to do my part as a board member of the Beautification Environment Commission.

I recycled a hotel laundry bag (at left) to pick up litter. In less than 15 minutes, I had filled the bag with 12 aluminum cans, 10 plastic bottle, one glass beer bottle, a watch, a kitchen sponge, a beautification work glove, cigarette packages and other fast food and paper litter. I probably cleared less than 1/10 of a mile. I guess that the bag weighed about ten pounds.

Neither could I pick up every piece of litter along the way. Newsom Station Road is still filled with litter.

I don’t do this because I enjoy it. I’d rather be hiking along the greenway or riding my bicycle. I do it because I find litter offensive in my beautiful corner of the world.

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Cans as Trash to Cans for Cash

Cans for Cash is an upcoming promotion that emphasizes the following:

  • Recycling aluminum beverage cans reduces landfills and associated costs.
  • Selling aluminum cans to recyclers provides cities with the potential to generate additional income.
  • Cans for Cash helps build a sustainable environment.

Many times in the past year, I’ve chosen to highlight plastic bottles on this blog. At the Keep America Beautiful Conference in Atlanta this week, I learned from Patricia Persico, corporate communications manager of Novelis Corp., that “in 2007, the US recycled 54 billion aluminum cans.” That sounds great, doesn’t it, but “50% of all aluminum cans in this country wind up in landfills.” Aluminum cans CAN be recycled.

For me, aluminum cans, although I see them on the roadsides daily, fall below my radar because I rarely drink sodas. I drank a Pepsi in New Mexico two weeks ago from a can. The first for me in many months! Maybe years.

While I’m not an aluminum can consumer, many of my coworkers are. I’m going to put a recycling container in our breakroom tomorrow and start preventing those cans from going into the landfill. It’s a small step, but I can do it.

Watch for your local Keep America Beautiful affiliate to sponsor the Cans for Cash in October 2008.

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Let’s Do Some Math Today

Because today was warm and sunny, I walked the dog along the common areas of our neighborhood and took a bag along to pick up any bottles and cans I might find. After all, one of my goals during the Great American Clean Up is to pick up at least one piece of trash a day. I found four aluminum cans and two plastic bottles. If I pick up four littered aluminum cans during the 92 days of the Great American Clean Up, that’s 368 cans. If ten readers of this blog, pick up the same, that’s 3680 cans in 92 days. While there is literally lots of litter on our street, we can make a dent in the amount of trash in our country during the next three months.

Now, if we can persuade those who litter to stop for 92 days, what a difference that would make.

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