Tell Me Tuesday: What do you do about litter?
Yes, I live and work in busy neighbourhoods in a big city, but that’s absolutely no excuse. Is there anyone out there who thinks littering is okay? Seriously?
I’m sure this has been the case for years and that I’ve just been a bit oblivious, but it recently became a big part of my daily life. About four weeks ago, I started taking my puppy, Stanley, for walks around the block. Because he’s still not allowed to go to the dog park (until this Friday!), I’ve been taking him around the neighbourhood. And apparently I should have named Stanley “Hoover”, because he picks up and eats (or tries to eat) everything.
And I do mean everything: pinecones, wood chips (why are they everywhere?), twigs, leaves, and – oh yes – garbage. Napkins, wrappers, paper cups, gum, plastic bags, bits of food, old shoes, random pieces of clothing…it’s all delicious to Stanley/Hoover. And I have to pry all of these items out of his little mouth. With my bare hands.
It’s awful, and totally horrifying. I come home from every walk appalled by the state of humanity – or at least, the state of our streets. And now I’m noticing litter everywhere – on my way to work, in the subway, out enjoying summer activities.
Since I apparently have to touch all these dirty things anyway, I’ve started carrying a little garbage bag with me and collecting these items to throw out at home. And that – germ phobia aside – actually feels pretty good. It’s an easy, concrete way to help clean up the streets, and great practice for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, coming up in September!
Since there seems to be plenty of litter for everyone to pick up, all this made me wonder: what do you do to deal with litter? And have you signed up for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup yet?