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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Something Different I Noticed

Since we've moved there's be a lot of things that our old house had that this one doesn't.  The cabin had land, privacy, seclusion, and trees in our front yard, but I found one thing that this new house has that the old cabin didn't, litter.


This is a Wal-Mart bag that found itself all the way into my backyard the other day.  Its something that never would have materialized anywhere near our cabin unless we ourselves threw it outside.  Since we've lived here we've had soda cans thrown in our driveway and empty soup cans tossed on our front lawn.  Seriously, empty soup cans.  Who does that sort of thing?  My car is constantly filled with wrappers and stuff, but tossing it out the window never crosses my mind.  Its a huge reminder that we now live in a completely different place.  

I am by no means a green, tree hugging, hippie, but cleaning other people's garbage off my lawn really bothers me.  Actually, it makes me not like living anywhere near civilization.   The next time you feel the urge to toss something out of your window or let soda cans roll around in your truck bed until they blow out driving down the road think about where it lands.  No one wants someone else's trash in their yard.

15 comments:

Rachel Roushey said...

I helped clean ditches this past fall with our church youth group and it was amazing what we found on the side of the road (in the country mind you). I think the only thing I've ever thrown out the window is an apple core. I say its for the deer. But I don't do that in residential areas and I know it will biodegrade :) and if you went in my car you would know that I don't throw things out my window.....I've got quite the collection of stuff.

thesedaysofmine.com said...

Sad commentary about folks, but so true. I would never dream of throwing trash out of my window! I remember it used to upset my Mom to have to pick up beer cans from her yard - that was 50+ years ago!

Dianna
www.thesedaysofmine.com

Kristin said...

This happened when I lived out in the country, and I'm going to defend my fellow man juuuuust slightly, because I know they throw trash out the window, but in the case of my yard, it wasn't passers-by that were the problem. Our garbage men were sloppy and lazy. They broke bags, knocked over cans before they'd gotten to them, and then left the carnage in a line behind them. :-) If I found a McDonald's cup, yeah, I assumed it was someone littering. If it was a wrapper from a package of bacon, that was the garbage men. LOL.

Janine said...

I live in Brooklyn, NY and can relate to what you're saying about trash. The people here are slobs. We are forever picking up trash that's discarded outside our home. It's very frustrating.

Monica said...

How crazy that people are tossing this stuff out the window!
I don't blame you for being peeved about having it in your yard for you to clean up.

Rosanne said...

Littering has always bothered me. It has come to a new low out where we live. We live in the desert and you would not believe the garbage that people toss out here! While riding our horses on the trail, it is nothing to come across a sofa or old lazyboy recliner. We have seen huge piles of trash, old tires, refrigerators, dryers, ect. I guess some people don't want to pay the $7 fee (per truckload) to drop it off at the dump. It disgusts me.

SouthernSass said...

I never litter, it just seems wrong to me. We live in the city and have wrappers and stuff all the time in our yard. Not to mention the mess the trash collectors leave behind.

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

One of my pet peeves (besides those gas blowers that gardeners use) is litter. You have to have a pretty entitled mentality to think you can throw your trash anywhere but where it belongs — like a trashcan! I've watched people throw everything from an entire ashtray of cigarette butts to candy wrappers out their car window. I've seen old furniture fly from truck beds onto freeways. I've stepped over dog doo, Qtips, condoms, empty bags of fast food and various other things to numerous to mention. The on and of ramps of freeways are often covered in liter as well, especially in certain towns. Depends on the tax base and how often they get the jailbirds out there to clean. Here where I live it is especially disturbing when you see liter on the street because we live so close to the storm drains which carry the water right to the ocean. Yep. Hard to believe. I guess all we can do is clean it up. Usually when you complain about it you're preaching to the choir, since those of us who would never think to litter are on the preaching against it bandwagon too. I didn't know you'd moved. I'll have to read a few archives. Have a good Wednesday!

Misty Dawn said...

I do agree with Kristin about the garbage men, as I've had similar experiences.

We live out in a very rural area, and for some reason, it seems people think that makes it MORE ok to litter! Drives me nuts!

Mel said...

We used to find empty beer cans in our front yard all the time! It made me so mad! Not only are they littering, but obviously drinking and driving as well. We lived in a quiet little neighborhood with A LOT of kids. And that just scared me. Now we've moved, it's not nearly as bad. We made the opposite move as you, from in town to out in the country. The occasional litter I do find is obviously blown from who knows where. I like to think someone dropped it on a windy day (we have a lot of those) and just wasn't able to catch it.

Anonymous said...

In the city, where there are homeless people who may not be able to find a place to go to the bathroom, you can *imagine* what kind of litter that leaves (talking about on our church lawn). I don't know who it might have been, but someone used to use our church parking lot to change their baby's diaper and leave the old one on our lawn.

- Sally

SharleneT said...

I have a swale along the front of my yard next to the road. Apparently, people think it's okay to throw things in it because it belongs to the county! It's infuriating. And, yes, the garbage men do make messes on occasion, but the stuff I find isn't garbage... don't understand it... I sympathize and am sorry you've had to experience this dark side of mankind...

julandmatt said...

I hear you sista! I think to myself why can't people pick up the 'trash' right outside their door...even if IT ISN'T THEIRS....Hello?.
I always bring an extra bag when I walk the dog and pick up trash along the way....I see other people doing it too....so I don't know why so much is around.
Don't get me started on dog poo....Oh lord people...pick it up!

Jen at Cabin Fever said...

A diaper? Gross. We don't have garbage men that visit our home, but a few neighbors do. Instead we utilize the dump in town. And that is so nice you bring something to clean things up along the way julie! Those of us that don't have to pick up stuff in our yards because you already do thank you!

Dianne said...

I always wonder about people who so carelessly throw THEIR garbage any where they choose. I wonder if they would do that sort of thing if the homeowner were standing right there!!

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