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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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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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When Coca-Cola Bottles Were Recycled

cokebottles_1213.jpgAs a first grader in the late 1950s, my class went to a local Coca-Cola bottling plant as a field trip, although we were not allowed to drink soft drinks in school. Milk, delivered in small glass bottles with a cardboard pull-top, was the only drink offered. These milk bottles were collected and refilled.

I can’t remember if we were given the forbidden Coca-Cola during the tour, but I remember watching 6-oz glass bottles being filled with the soft drink. We knew that the bottles on the assembly line were probably some that we had used. We would take our empty bottles to the grocery stores and receive a few pennies for them. It was a respectable way for a child to earn money for candy or the occasional Coca-Cola, which was a treat, not a daily diet.

After the tour, we were given a miniature plastic (oops, there’s that word) case full of empty Coca-Cola bottles. I still treasure mine. It’s an antique that is probably e-BAY-able.

No, I don’t want to go back to the 1950s, but I would like to see glass bottles that can be reused. Then when people litter, at least those of us who pick up their trash could earn a few dollars from it, although we probably wouldn’t earn enough to buy a six-pack of soda these days.

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