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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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A Still Life: Bottle With Leaves

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Tires Are Not Trash Receptacles

CanNTire_1741PlasticNTire_1742I guess that I should be glad that someone thought that these discarded tires were trash receptacles.

Tires are dangerous litter because they can burn forever if they catch fire.

I get angry when I see tires in the environment.

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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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Why Don't People Pick Up After Themselves?

plasticrings_1408I could not believe the amount of litter I found today during my long run. Starting out, I found a group of condoms (I think unused. I did not get close enough to check.). Apparently a neighborhood teen has discovered condoms. I hope he or she knows how to use them if necessary.

Later, I found these plastic rings and picked them up on my return trip home. Plastic rings are very dangerous to wildlife.

As I was running along the Harpeth River, I followed a soccer ball floating in the middle of the river. From a distance, it appeared to be a nice one.

Unfortunately, these are not the only pieces of litter I saw on my eight-mile run. There were the usual cigarette butts, plastic bottles and plastic bags. Did I say that I was running through nice middle and upper middle class neighborhoods?

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Why Don’t People Pick Up After Themselves?

plasticrings_1408I could not believe the amount of litter I found today during my long run. Starting out, I found a group of condoms (I think unused. I did not get close enough to check.). Apparently a neighborhood teen has discovered condoms. I hope he or she knows how to use them if necessary.

Later, I found these plastic rings and picked them up on my return trip home. Plastic rings are very dangerous to wildlife.

As I was running along the Harpeth River, I followed a soccer ball floating in the middle of the river. From a distance, it appeared to be a nice one.

Unfortunately, these are not the only pieces of litter I saw on my eight-mile run. There were the usual cigarette butts, plastic bottles and plastic bags. Did I say that I was running through nice middle and upper middle class neighborhoods?

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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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