The other day, Gordon and I took a walk along our road with the dogs. The snow is thawing, and a winter's worth of garbage is rearing its ugly head. I decided to photograph every single piece of trash I found in front of our farm, almost all of which was clearly tossed from passing vehicles. Our property is about 900 feet wide at the front (and over 6,000 feet deep). What follows is photographic documentation of all the trash I found on our property within tossing distance of the road.
I've seen roads far more littered than ours, and maybe this won't look like a lot of trash to you. Or maybe it will. I personally found it disgusting and will be going back soon with garbage and recycling bags. And imagine this amount of trash multiplied along the very-long length of our county road!
We enjoyed profiling the pigs who threw this stuff out their vehicle windows.
Most of them eat and drink a lot of junk. McDonald's crap, pop, candy... and some health freak had a banana. I don't mind the banana peel so much since it's at least compostable and will eventually disappear on its own. But I have read you shouldn't throw apple cores and such out your car window, as it attracts wild animals to the shoulder, where they are often killed by passing vehicles.
Maynard's Sour Patch Kids package. Now this one was quite exciting!
By far the most prevalent trash was Tim Hortons coffee cups. For those not in the know, Timmy Ho's is the most popular coffee/doughnut chain in Canada, although I am not a fan. Still, I'm not convinced that Tim Hortons customers litter more than any other people; rather, there are just so many Tim Hortons customers around here, drinking so much coffee in their vehicles, that these cups were bound to be the stars of the roadside crap show.
Coke bottle, part of a Bell Canada envelope, plastic bag that used to hold some electronics component, and yes, another Tim Hortons cup.
But other morons litter too. People who guzzle energy drinks and milk, for example...
...and oh look, another Tim's cup and another Bell envelope!
Smokers are slobs too, as are people with headaches and computer geeks...
Other litterers include knobs hepped up on Red Bull, beef jerky munchers, and oh look...
...another Tim Hortons cup!
We also have water-snob slobs who toss Evian bottles. And more smokers. And more pop-sucking McDonalds patrons, and oh yes...
...another Tim Hortons cup!
Quite a lot of paper was found too, and a surprising amount of it had the Bell Canada logo on it!
A wee pear ornament in a puddle.
And I really hope this littering moron wasn't guzzling this before he tossed it...
(Note to self: people with bad taste in beer like to litter!)
Some crap made it right into the field...
...so many reasons I hate McDonald's, so little time!
Now, don't you think that every pastoral landscape is prettied up by a discarded Tim Horton's coffee cup?
Gordon and the doggies watched over me from up on the road shoulder.
So if you're one of those naughty people who thinks it's perfectly fine to toss your trash out the car window, think again. It might be one little coffee cup to you, but when everyone does it, that garbage mounts up quickly. And I don't appreciate having to be the one to pick up your rubbish!