Saturday has been the only day of the week that I’ve been able to walk a full 5K, and the last few I have picked up garbage, not just litter, GARBAGE!
The first time was because I picked up an empty Pringles can someone dropped on our Greenway walking path and continued to pick up anything along the way that didn’t require me to wear gloves or to slow down. My husband said, “You’re so amazing, Baby! Please don’t get hurt.”
The next round I took along two plastic grocery sacks and stopped to talk to the manager at the neighborhood Sonic Drive-In about her store, being a part of our neighborhood and frequented by pedestrian youth, helping out by considering a once-a-month employee clean-up. She looked at me as if I was crazy. My husband said, “You never cease to amaze me, Baby! Please wear gloves next time.”
Today, I upgraded to a Hefty Tall Kitchen trash bag (sorry, Babe…couldn’t find where the gloves are…adding to the grocery list). I’m considering taking my pictures around to the neighborhood mom and pops and seeing if they have any interest in helping keep our neighborhood and our Earth clean.
By the way, a full trash sack makes for an amazing arm workout. Cars passing honked. One bike rider said, “You go!” Yes, I do indeed.
All garbage picked up has to arrive in the bag with my right hand, keeping my left clean to wipe sweat out of my eyes and open my water bottle. I reverse my path the next go ’round for all the left-side trash. No, I don’t do doggie poo, not even for the you-know-what who left the baggie tied up on the park bench. I don’t handle car parts either. Although today, I picked up the City of Plano’s landscaping crew’s broken grass catcher attachment thingy. That’s just ridiculous! It’s broken! Don’t leave it in the freshly mown grass. You tell on yourself!
I need to save up and get a tracker. I’m pretty sure with all my veering from the path to beautify my city, I have to have walked more than 5K. What are you doing to better your world?