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Don't You Think Trashers Should Be Trashed?

Aug 17, 2007
Yesterday when I was driving along the freeway, a man in the car ahead of me threw a bag of fast-food trash out the passenger window. I gasped, then I raged, then I honked - not a little, hey-you honk. This was a long, in-your-face-from-behind-you honk.

What I got in return was a hand signal. The hand signal proved his middle finger worked better than his brain.

I used to think that the inside of a trasher's house would look like a garage sale from Hell, but I've changed my mind. I don't think they'd trash their own property. However, if I lived next door, I'd build a very high wall.

These are the people who leave soda can flip-tops on the beach, where others can step on them and at the same time beach about not being able to barbeque on the sand.

If I ran the world, people who littered would do time on road-side, clean-up crews. "I am what I litter" would be in day-glow yellow print on their orange vests

Trashers are everywhere. Our condo building has a large, trash bin in the basement. Granted, not everyone can be a Kobe Bryant when it comes to throwing trash bags; but some neighbors who miss their first shot don't bother to try again. Obviously, they've never heard that practice makes - maybe not perfect - but at least better neighbors.

People who leave their trash for others to pick up put the ash in trash and the "h" can be responsibly dropped into the nearest, trash receptacle. Trash shouldn't be under foot unless it's being manually compacted or used as land fill.

One man's trash may be another man's treasure; but when future archeologists examine our non-biodegradable trash, they'll think we were "pampered" alcoholics, whose survival depended on plastic.

Then there are the manufacturers who put their products in large, non-biodegradable packaging to catch the customer's eye. Packaging their products in unnecessary trash says they don't care about the environment - their customer's environment.

There are lots of ways to recycle non-biodegradables. Aluminum, glass, paper and plastic can be put in special containers for collection. California has increased the amount of money paid for returned bottles. A local architect used crushed soda cans to make a decorative mosaic for a building.

There are practical, thoughtful, creative ways to dispose of trash. Just talking about doing something is trash talk
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