A photo from There is no "Away"
One of four bags I picked up on my last Saturday walk
And a great deal of the trash I pick up is not recyclable. At least half of the plastic is grade 5 or 6. Lubbock recycles only grades 1 and 2. We have no provisions for styrofoam recycling. The majority of what I pick up goes into the dumpster. It's begun to feel really futile. (But I have no plans of stopping.) The bottom line is that it's not enough to pick it up - we need to stop making it easy or available to throw down.
A straw and a drink lid outside my office this morning
So, it struck a chord with me this week when Treehugger ran an article about Heather Itzla, a California woman who walks her dogs and picks up trash along the way:
How dog-walking turned into plastic waste activism
The TH article led me to Heather's website, thereisnoaway.net . I felt instant camaraderie with her (and her dogs) and I realized that she had taken things several steps further than I have. Check out all of the different pages on the website. My favorite page is the blog - I know what a picture is worth, but the words (and the high quality photos) on the blog paint a much more complete picture of Heather's crusade. Please pay particular attention to the straw crusade.
The Americano I had for breakfast - no need to trash or recycle a cup, lid, straw, or stirrer
In case you want to learn more about reusable vs. disposable, here is another Treehugger article to add to your reading list:
May we all live on a less trashy planet.