Thank God I don’t live on Mission Hill right now. When I was in college and living in Jamaica Plain, I used to walk to MassArt along Huntington Avenue and it never ceased to amaze/disgust me how much litter covered the street in that area. Really? I mean, people really think that it’s ok to just throw their trash on the ground? I can’t even imagine eating fast food and then throwing my trash out the window, but people do it all the time! Why! Apparently, they’ve never heard of the trash vortex in the Pacific Ocean, or even worse, they have and they just don’t care. Why don’t people care? It’s beyond me…
My ranting aside, I’ve actually been enjoying April’s challenge much more than I thought I would. At first I felt kind of uncomfortable being seen walking around with a bunch of garbage in my hands, but pretty quickly I stopped caring. I haven’t experienced any negative comments or stares, and it seems like people are more curious than anything else (although no one has stopped me to ask what I’m doing yet).
What’s been really interesting is finding patterns in the litter that I pick up. The biggest conclusion I’ve drawn is that people with a bad habit, i.e. littering, usually have a bunch of other bad habits to go along with it. Honestly, 90% of that trash that I’ve found falls into the category of “Addictive Trash”: empty cigarette cartons, vodka bottles, scratch tickets, and Dunkin Donuts cups. What’s I’ve seen the most of though is cigarette butts. Somehow, there’s a common misconception that tossing your cigarette butt on the ground isn’t littering, but in reality, they aren’t biodegradable, and even worse, two billion are thrown on the ground every day. I’ve already established that I’m not picking them up this month. I’d never make it anywhere on time if I stopped along the way for every one I found.
Soon I’m going to post about DeLitter Bugs, a project that Amanda and I came up with a few months ago. We’re still hammering out the details so I want to wait to post until we’ve really figure it out. Stay tuned!