Atwitter, but not bitter, about litter (Day 51)…

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Today, at 2 p.m., I’m pulling on some gloves, grabbing a bag and venturing forth to spent 20 minutes picking up all the crap people toss out their car windows or drop on the ground when they think no one’s looking (or even worse, when they know someone is). It’s part of the City of Toronto’s annual 20-Minute Makeover, but it’s also representing a more long-term green move on my part: From now on, if I see a piece of litter on the street and a garbage bin is within sight, I’ll pick it up and dispose of it properly (unless it’s oozing, festering or moving, in which case someone else is going to have to deal with it).

3 Responses to Atwitter, but not bitter, about litter (Day 51)…

  1. Jak says:

    great post. i forget the benefit of such an easy act too often. its a common thing when i am out hiking or in any nature, buts it tough to bring that into a city that all too often looks too dirty or busy to benefit from one less snickers wrapper on the ground. but that of course is no excuse. thanks for the reminder.

  2. Morgan says:

    This is one of my biggest annoyances for sure…I can’t stand when I see people roll their windows down in their cars and casually throw a bunch of trash on the ground like it’s not a big deal…sorry smokers…but so far you guys seem to be the biggest offenders!!!

    I’ve actually seen a few people get out of their car, pick it up off the street and throw it back in the persons car! That’s an awesome site…I don’t recommend it…who knows if some weird new form of “Road Trash Rage” will ensue!


  3. gettinggreen says:

    Just wanted to say thanks to Maryam and Genevieve, two fine girls at my office who came with me to pick up litter when they overheard me telling my editor I was taking 20 minutes off work to do this “makeover”. That made 6 hands instead of 2 today, and I think we got a lot accomplished. We also had people ask what we were doing and informed them about the campaign, which in turn spread awareness — so yet another example of how little deeds can affect bigger change.

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