(I know, I've said I wouldn't post about roadside litter any more, but . . . )
Saturday, October 4, 2008. The roadsides were cleaned up on October 2. This was picked up today.
Thursday, October 2, 2008. Today, on my daily walk, I picked up the usual bag of litter thrown on a one-half mile stretch* of Byrnes Mill Road during the previous 3 day. (I had the stretch free of litter on Monday.) In addition to fast food containers and wrappers, cans, bottles and cigarette packs, the Journal carrier had tossed plastic-wrapped newspapers and ads on vacant lots and driveways of obviously unoccupied houses.
August 9, 2008. This morning on my daily walk, I picked up the usual bag of litter (mostly cans, bottles, cups and cigarette packs) thrown on a short stretch of Byrnes Mill roads during the previous 24 hours. This morning, the St. Louis Post Dispatch carrier had added to the litter by throwing the plastic band (that binds his newspaper bundles) on the street in our subdivision.
Roadside litter July 13, 2008. This morning on my daily three-mile walk, I picked up my usual bag of litter (mostly cans, bottles, cups and cigarette packs) thrown on Byrnes Mill roads during the previous 24 hours. This morning, in addition to the usual mess, I found the St. Louis Post Dispatch carrier added to the litter by throwing Sunday papers on vacant lots, display home driveways and other unoccupied property. (Both the SLPD and Journal carriers find it convenient to throw wrapping materials on our roadsides, but that's another story . . . )
Summer morning on my regular walking route
For exercise, I walk three miles a day -- the same three-mile route every morning; 1.5 miles out and 1.5 miles back along the same route. The first and final half miles are within our subdivision.
I carry a plastic grocery bag and pick up roadside litter. I've been doing this almost every day for more than a year (over two years as of July, 2008).
Some days I fill one bag. Some days one bag is not enough to contain all the litter dropped within the previous 24 hours.
I've made no special effort here to document the total quantity of litter, but the photos are representative of almost any one-day's haul.
Roadside signs nearby say the fine for littering is $1000, but I've never heard of a fine being imposed.
Those who litter seem to have no feelings for the rest of us. Research shows litterers have very low self-esteem. Their lives are pathetic.