Rural Litter - April 17, 2011:
My husband and I recently moved to a more rural neighborhood in Elkhorn, NE., and after the snow melted this winter remnants of trash were uncovered everywhere. I picked up trash in lots around our house but didn’t blog about it. I decided to do it again but on a bigger scale. I chose my birthday and recruited my husband to assist. So, read on to see what we uncovered -- something we’ve termed as “wind litter.”
Found at Elkhorn site: Wine bottle, water bottles, beer cans, Frisbee, empty hamster cage box, ribbon, cereal boxes, mail, plastic netting, pop cans, foam, Styrofoam, strands of plastic, trash bag box, plastic bags, beer box, Pringles carton, landscaping border, plastic and Styrofoam cups and food cans.
Urban Litter - March 19, 2011:
Found at Habitat site: Beer bottles, broken glass, plastic bags, fast food wrappers, straws, receipts, cups, car mats, pliers, lighter, paper plates, pop cans, hot dog wrapper, CD, oil cans, cigarette pack and parts from a lawnmower.
Trash Walk Synopsis
The inner-city lot had litter that varied a bit from our rural neighborhood litter. The litter at the inner-city site was more foot traffic but had some characteristics that the lot had been used as a dump site with oddities of broken glass and car mats. Biggest difference between our neighborhood and the Humanity house lots: there was not a lot of foot traffic trash we encountered like at the inner-city site. We found more blown remnants, which came from trash day, which my husband and I deemed “wind litter.” The saddest discovery included the fact we picked up two full trash bags of litter in our Elkhorn neighborhood. No matter that we called it “wind litter” -- it is still litter. This type of litter may not be of human doings but still creates an eyesore and is hazardous to wildlife.
I can’t take credit for this blog post. I borrowed this concept from a colleague -- Professor David Corbin. He’s done his own Trash Blog in Midtown Omaha for years. Read about it at http://web.me.com/dcorbin/sites/Blog/Blog.html
So, this Earth Day do what Dr. Corbin and we did and conduct your own Trash Walk or Trash Blog. If you’re up for the pop-we eco living challenge: go a step further and help fight litter in your community by throwing trash away properly before it becomes litter. Let’s keep the world beautiful not just on Earth Day but year round.
- population-we™ blog post by Becky Bohan Brown
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