THINK ABOUT IT: one piece of trash

I don’t know if it’s all the making under the past four years, but for some reason I’ve become extremely aware of unnecessary clutter. Sounds pretty normal and understandable right? Until you find out I now am super conscious of the trash outside as well.

Growing up, I never really noticed trash on the sidewalks or in parks. Sure, there probably was some out there in the grass, but I didn’t pay too much attention. Now, while running on the paths along Lake Michigan and Lincoln Park, I really notice it.

At first, I was just bothered by the occasional empty bottles, plastic bags, or pieces of paper. Then, I decided to start picking them up if I was able to see a trash can within eyesight. But that soon became an path to OCD paved with good intentions. I couldn’t be Miss Trash-Controller of Lincoln Park. Well, I could, but that wouldn’t have been much fun for me, and my running pace would have slowed considerably.

Instead, I’ve decided that if I see a piece of trash and a recycling container or trash bin nearby, I will pick it up and do my part to help keep my favorite city prettier and more “made under.” Just one piece of trash a day.

Recently, it occurred to me that if everyone running on the path also picked up a piece of trash, the park would be immaculate (though it’s very clean overall now). So I guess my point is, if you see a piece of trash and feel like picking it up, it’s an easy way to help makeunder our outdoor environment.

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  1. Yay Jess! I do the same thing. Sometimes I even pick things up and carry them with me until I do find a trash can. It makes me sad to know there are people out there that feel ok about just tossing something on the ground, but my heart feels lifted when I remember there are people like you (and me) out there making the world beautiful again!

  2. Yes! I absolutely agree. i actually do pick up the random piece of trash every now and then. It’s particularly frustrating when there is a trash can just a few feet away. Occasionally, I’ve seen people throw trash away in front of me and I purposely (and perhaps passive aggressively) pick it up and say “Excuse me, I think you dropped this” and hand it back to them. lol

  3. Stephanie

    Great point! I was riding my bike through Lincoln Park last night and I did notice it seemed really clean given all of the wind we’ve had lately.

  4. Jacki

    If only everyone did the same – the planet would be so much better off! I can’t bear litter – who really thinks they have the right to just drop their rubbish for someone else to pick up?!

  5. Jill

    I did a big clean up in my yard and rather long driveway after all the snow melted with the kids. So much trash has collected between snow plowing from either being blown in from the street or blowing out of the trash at collection time. The kids thought the “challenge” was fun and hopefully they will remember in the future not to litter because they remember how gross it was picking it up!

  6. Jenn

    Things would be much easier if everyone threw their trash where it belonged in the first place.

  7. Jen

    the mental image of you scouring the park for trash made me chuckle. but i agree if everyone did just pick up one piece that park would be immaculate!

    i have a friend that always brought a small bag with her on walks and runs and filled it up with trash along the way…she’s a saint.

    keep it up friend!
    jen

  8. Ylenia

    sometimes I wish I could work for the Police or something, just to be able to punish people that trow rubbish on the floor.
    If I saw somebody doing it, it is like I receive a slap on my face.
    and what is unbearable, I live in a country where if you say something, you may get (phisically) hurt…

  9. The hubs totally makes fun of me for throwing away trash when we’re out. I mean that’s what hand sanitize is for right? Ah ha ha. I need to make him read your post!

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