The Litter Dilemma

Litterbugs are not helping my rubbish diet.  Yesterday, I cleaned up other people’s trash from my yard.  That plastic bag I’m holding is about 2/3 full of plastic cups, random pieces of paper, mini-booze bottles, a cigarette box, and snack wrappers.  There’s a middle-school a few blocks down (lots of kids walking by) and on weekends we get a lot of church-goers parking on our street.  Of course there’s other people out walking in the neighborhood and drivers who for whatever reason choose to stop in front of our house and clean out their car (we’ve watched it happen.  People are weird).  And then there’s random stuff that blows around on windy days.

I do wonder though, how can we get more people to recycle when there are people who just can’t be bothered to find a trash can?  I see it all the time on the subways and on the streets.  What gets me is that they try to be sneaky about it, like, oops, just happened to not notice that I dropped my candy bar wrapper.  (I’m convinced this is why NYC the street sweeper things, to come through and pick-up after everyone.)  But I digress.  Right now the litterbugs are putting a cramp in my rubbish diet.


About Amy Marpman

Director of Recycling Services at Great Forest, Inc. in NYC. Continually finding the balance of idealism with the practical realities that make or break recycling programs.
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3 Responses to The Litter Dilemma

  1. Grrr, that’s bad luck! We’ve got an anti-litter campaign running in Suffolk at the moment because of the litter problems we have in our county. Is there a similar campaign system over in NYC?

  2. Amy Marpman says:

    The only anti-litter campaigns are done by the MTA (transit authority) on the trains asking people to use receptacles to keep platforms clean and take trash when leaving trains. Some Business Improvement Districts (BID) around the city have their own clean-up personnel to pick-up litter from the sidewalks, so that does help.

  3. Pingback: Thursday – trash pick-up day | Beyond the Blue Bin

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