As we do many a Sunday morning, my husband, son and I walked to the local coffee shop. It is only 4 blocks away and we enjoy walking by the community garden and through downtown.
However, this past Sunday, the very Eve of Earth Day, I was troubled by what I saw.
Litter. Everywhere. In the streets, in the grassy right of way, in yards, on steps up to a porch, just anywhere you looked, there it was.
We generally will pick up cans or bottles on our walk back and had more than our bag could handle. And we didn't even come close to getting 25% of it. I realize trash accumulates over the winter when people aren't out and about to pick it up, but this seemed exceptional. Have people forgotten the proper place to put trash and recyclables? Or could it be the ever growing population of folks who throw their trash out at the curb loose or worse yet, out their car windows that are contributing to this mess?
I do live in a trying neighborhood, I'll give you that. However, I see a lot of litter everywhere. Suburbia is not exempt from this. However, those people in suburbia seem to be doing a much better job at keeping their streets and lawns free of litter. The first nice day comes and you see them out in droves, cleaning up their yards.
Is it maybe that many of the people who live in my neighborhood are renters and therefore don't care what the property and neighborhood looks like? Possible. Yet, where are the owners or management companies of these properties? Why don't they care enough to clean it up and fine their residents for their disrespect of the property?
These are all things I will probably never know the answers to but certainly will keep searching. In the meantime, I guess we need to start bringing a few bags with us every time we leave the house. That's our baby step toward a greener city center. What's yours?