It’s Really Easy To Not Litter, And Yet…

Recently, I was on a train, and as it pulled into a stop, I looked out the window to see a middle-aged woman across the street walking a dog. Then I watched her, in one quick motion, toss what I’m assuming was a poop bag into the bushes as she walked by. She did it so smoothly: no hesitation, no looking around to see if anyone was watching, no breaks in her stride. Just a simple flick and the bag arched out of view. Now, could there perhaps have been a garbage can hidden in the leaves that I just couldn’t see from the train across the street? Maybe. But I have a feeling I just watched the woman litter, and based on how seamlessly she did it, I’d guess that it wasn’t the first time.

Surprised and then disappointed gif.

I know that as far as crimes go, littering is pretty low level, but based on the amount of trash that I see where it’s not supposed to be, it’s clear that a good chunk of people do it. And that’s really sad. It’s so easy to not litter. It’s so easy to not be selfish for a minute. Sure, sometimes there’s no trash receptacle in your immediate area, so sometimes you have to put a candy wrapper in your pocket for a bit or carry around an empty cup for a while, but doing that isn’t hard by any means. Just do it.

It’s even more disappointing when the litter is outside in nature. Whether you’re downtown in big cities or off in the burbs, there’s trash all around. Throwing a straw wrapper on the floor of a mall is still very bad, but at least someone is being paid to pick it up and throw it out eventually. But outside, no one is going to do that, so your trash will just sit there for years. It’s gross. I was recently walking along a somewhat busy road in my city, and there were multiple uncompostable trash items strewn under every tree I passed. Do criminals not do community service anymore? Or was that only a thing in movies?

Where is this litter coming from? gif.

I am proud to say that I, to the best of my knowledge, have never knowingly littered. And I’ve never been in the presence of someone who has purposely and maliciously littered. So I guess it’s just weird to me that not everyone is like this.

We’re right to shake our fists at the big corporations ruining the planet for profit, but perhaps it’s time we also pay attention to what’s going on in our own communities, because if it’s anything like mine, it’s probably pretty nasty when you actually look.

Human beings are a disease gif.

I hope I’m preaching to the choir here, but don’t litter.

That’s all for now.


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2 thoughts on “It’s Really Easy To Not Litter, And Yet…

  1. Do NOT get me started! Littering is one of my biggest pet peeves and when people do it it’s like they have no respect for nature. I have never littered, so if I have to walk a few blocks with an empty carton of chocolate milk I got from Timmy’s, then I will.

    I also feel like smokers litter even more tossing their cigarette butts on the ground all the time. One time the day after Halloween, I went for a walk and picked up all the candy wrappers on the sidewalk in my neighborhood. Another time someone tossed an empty can out the window of their car right in front of me. I see piles of garbage in small ditches on the side of the highway, what the hell is wrong with people? Do you want this planet to be a contaminated trash heap! I still remember in my second last year of high school, it was Earth Day and I was picked up a lot of trash and no one else in my class was interested. This is our home, our only home, we need to take better care of it!

    • It’s wild that there are grown adults who do it! Not littering and caring for our planet are things that were taught to us as kids, so it’s very disappointing that so many people do it.

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