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Mar
08

Cracker Barrel’s Ashtray

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3/23/11

   I frequent the local Cracker Barrel here in town because of their incredible service, great food, and for me it’s  entertaining to look at all the items cluttered all over the walls and play their classic peg games which adorn every table.  Today we went there for breakfast and when we were walking in I noticed that each step from the truck to the door was littered with several cigarette butts.  It’s amazing how no matter how great the front of a building looks, when people are walking they are staring at their feet (otherwise everyone would be tripping semi frequently).  I decided (during my perfect plate of eggs and ham) that I was going to pick up every cigarette butt from the restaurant door to the truck (which was parked about 30 feet from the entrance) and see how many had accumulated.  In the 5 or so minutes it took to pick them up, I counted 196 which means that thousands remain in and around the parking lot based on simple math.  The number is surprising and so is the fact that a restaurant as great as this one could overlook such a simple project like keeping it’s parking lot looking nice.  I piled the cigarettes in one of Kurt’s collector ashtrays as a suggestion to Cracker Barrel; if your employees and customers smoke like chimneys, they could use a place to put their butts. 

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Total Trash count: 229

UPDATE: 3/8/2012   Kurt and I went to this same Cracker Barrel recently and right away we noticed a cleanup had taken place and now there are several trash cans throughout the parking lot that are helping to keep that area clean. Nice work Cracker Barrel Team!!!

 

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Apr
30

Life in the Trash Lane

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I set a goal to reach 10,000 pieces of trash picked up by May 1st and as of right now I am at 10,230!

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Apr
13

Adventures in Trashing

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Today I had a partner!!!!  

My cousin Jill and I hit canal road in our home town today.  It was the nasty, nastier, nastiest business so far with dirty diapers, bottles filled with chew spit, roadkill (yeah we left the roadkill), drug paraphenalia (that most likely got tossed out the window before someone got pulled over),  toilet paper, and other gross things I would rather not think about before bed.  I stepped on a huge thorn that went through my shoe and into my foot and we somehow ended up with a snake in one of our garbage bags.   

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Apr
06

Trashy McTrasherson

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 I decided to give myself a white-trash nickname for today after the fed-ex lady came to the door this morning with a package.  She asked me if the spiders on the porch meant that we were trying to scare people.  “No, I am embarrassed to say those are still left over from last Halloween.”  As soon as she was out of sight I was out in the yard and the porch picking up plastic spiders which led to finding trash…a lot of trash.   Granted, a good amount of it was from people littering by the sidewalk and in the back yard where the raccoons had gotten into some garbage.  Still, I am mortified at the 187 pieces I found when I have been driving all over the place picking up garbage everywhere but my own turf.   I still can’t explain the full size Milky Way though… so I blame Kurt.

  The picture on the left is from our yard, the right is from my hike down the Vermillion River Trail in Matthiessen Park Saturday where I found another 61 pieces (40 something were recyclable).  I love how the caution tape is so old and sunbleached that it’s no longer yellow.

  Total Trash Count: 573

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Mar
27

Bottles, Cans, and Plastic Oh My!

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Before I hit the trail at Starved Rock today I inserted a large garbage bag in my Backpack and stapled the lining to the top of the bag and voila, I have a portable garbage can I don’t have to carry!  It worked like a charm.

I met a family with two boys who were carrying a trash bag  (I bet they were jealous of mine) filled with recyclables and the kids were from boy scout troop 538 from Michigan.  It was great to see them out there setting a great example.

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See the red dog? 5 points to the first person that can tell me his name, it's been bugging me for a few minutes now. Please add it as a comment and thanks.

I spy a vitamin water.

Total Trash Count: 325

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3/22/11

The thing is, I haven’t really been the type of person to ever make big lofty goals around the planet or recycling (although I do recycle but’s it’s minimal effort).  This all changed when Kurt and I went camping at Starved Rock State Park on Saturday.  The morning after a pretty windy and rainy night when the tent was completely taken down and we were ready to go I did a quick glance over the tent site to make sure nothing was left behind.  Sure enough I almost forgot a tent stake and a spork (spoon and fork combo) that some animal had gotten ahold of in the night and frothed all over like a rabies attack.  Then I saw a couple small pieces of trash and as a former thru hiker, even if it isn’t yours, you pick it up and carry it out.  The thing about thru hiking is that when you pick up someone elses trash out there, you might have to carry it in your pack for 3 days until you come across civilization (aka trash can). But amazingly, the majority of thru hikers would pick it up and carry it out.  Everyone looked out for each other and “Leave No Trace” was no longer a pointless phrase, it was a way of life. Here in the land of Lincoln, the trash can is on the way out of the campground 30 seconds away and people still don’t pick up their trash.  It’s just a much different way of life, and in that moment out of the mountains and far away from the people that went along with that, I am inspired.  I took just over a minute to find as many pieces of trash as I can in the 10 X 12 world that was my home for the last 24hrs. On the way home I looked at all the items people dumped along the road and I decided to go for it…10,000 pieces every month.  I will be taking a picture of every trash pile collected (so far there is two) and adding the number of pieces to the total count with every picture posted.  To me, these look like inspirational works of art, and maybe they will be.  For everyone that reads this blog and it inspires them to pick up a piece of trash, I will add that to my running total if it is posted as a comment on this page.  So to all my friends and family and complete strangers reading this, help me hit my goal and together we will change the world just a little bit.  It’s day 3 and the official count is: 33 pieces.

 

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