This week Small Footprints has given us a challenge which for today I am a complete failure at.
This weeks challenge at Reduce Footprints is:
Go for a walk and pick up litter
If your area is litter-free, join a group to help clean up a river or public space.
I promised to take the grand children for a couple of hours today, and they always notice the litter on our walks. I’ve taken to carrying an extra reusable bag with me when I venture out, today was no exception. I don’t end up coming home with a lot, but usually a handful of things which I then separate as trash and recyclables the latter being the most commonly found.
Would you believe the day of this particular challenge we found nothing? We walked past the fast food establishments on our way to the library, usually a place I find the most, nothing.
The library is running their summer reading program, the children had earned a meal from McDonald’s today. We came home to drop off the books and headed to the dreaded golden arches. Still nothing. If that isn’t bad enough, I had to watch a piece of furniture being tossed into the dumpster while explaining to the little ones why I couldn’t save it.
I did collect all the waste from their meal that could be recycled, McDonald’s doesn’t have separate bins everything heads to the dumpster, so I can at least admit to not creating a lot of trash, but that wasn’t the challenge, was it?
Back at home we spent a couple of hours in the gardens. My granddaughter found a comfy spot to eat a “healthy snack” much to her pleasure, then we began weeding and collecting rocks from the garden beds to use for more landscaping.
It’s a good thing this is a weekly challenge because I failed miserably.
How about you, do you find, and pick up trash around your town?