- Fast Food litter accounts for about 20% of all Trash?
- Plastic is the #1 Source of Marine Debris.
- In some parts of the Ocean there is 6x more plastic than plankton
- Less than 35% of Fast Food wrapping gets diverted to Landfills.
- Plastic Bags cost each household $250.00 in retail dollars.
Cleanest Block in San Diego: Park Villa Drive
I love to walk with friends. Great conversations and alot of soul searching happens when you are walking. So I was delighted when a friend of mine asked if I wanted to walk around her neighborhood (by Morley Field) I love that neighborhood, quaint old houses, old foliage and a good mixture of people. As we started off, I think i totally offended my friend by putting on my trusty gloves and pulling out bags to pick up trash. I mean if I am going to report on trash, I can’t just do it in my neighborhood.
We started off great, and I will tell you her street is the cleanest I have ever seen. Only 6 small pieces of trash! Was definitely Impressed! Then proceed down the next alley. People! Pick up your trash around the trash cans! At the stop sign I picked up 20 cigarette butts! This is where I lost my friend! Could still see her in the distance with the dogs, and ran to catch up.
Then, a playing field! Couldn’t just let it go, between the 10 wafting plastic bags, the fast food containers, the toys, (including a Hannah Montana Bracelet) the broken glass, the styrofoam plates, I could have picked up at least 2 large black Hefty Bags full of trash. Here’s my question, WHERE ARE THE TRASH CANS? Way off to the side, kinda hidden away, there was a blue EDCO Recycling Bin. (empty of course) People will not walk to recycle. In fact, that large Bin was the ONLY RECYCLING BIN seen at Morley Field.
You can’t really see all the trash, not a good picture
As you can see, I used some of the trash bags from pick up. Total count 293 pieces of trash! (less than 1 Mile)
To learn more about Styrofoam go to Grinning Planet
To learn more about Fast Food Containers and Recycling go to About.com