Garbage Wars, a friendly litter patrol competition.
I'm sure that when you go hiking, you pick up others trash along the way (its like Flavor Country where I hike based on how many butts I pick up on an average trek). Some of you may even participate in club cleanup trips and other volunteer work of the conservation ilk. Awesome! Now what if I told you that you could continue to help protect and preserve our natural world, and at the same time, lay down some trash talk on your buddies for having picked up the most garbage last month? Or showing off your trophy at the end of the year as the Andrew Skurka of Litter Patrol?
Well, consider it on fellows!! My father and I went for a stroll today in Cheesequake State Park in New Jersey and collected [U]three household sized garbage bags of litter[/U], plus a flower pot full of litter as well. Most all of it was plastic bottles, but some metal, a football, and even a piece of 2" thick rope. Its amazing the stuff that one finds out there. A Tide bottle. A Sprite can circa 1990s. Four flower pots of different sizes. It never ends sadly. But it also makes me feel good to clean it up, and to hopefully guilt passers by to lend a hand instead of just looking oddly at me. If everyone would just follow Leave No Trace and pick up just one piece of garbage when they hike, the woods would be clean pretty soon.. but why stop at just one piece? :)
I'd like to invite everyone here and anywhere and everywhere to participate. My intent with this is to create some friendly competition amongst outdoor enthusiasts of all walks, while letting nature reap all the benefits of our hard and much needed work. Lets get out there and make our planet shine! I didn't have my pocket digi with me today, but from now on I will post pictures to give everyone a push, and I hope you all will too. Whoever collects the most at the end of each month will get a gold sticker in the mail from me!!!!
For practical purposes, gloves are never a bad idea. Thicker garbage bags are best. And make sure you speak with a Ranger or other park employee as to where to leave the garbage once you have collected it. My dad and I brought ours home to recycle, but your park may have recycling dumpsters on site.