Literally. We have a corner lot in the city, with plantings where a lot of people would have lawn, so lots of trash gets blown into our yard and stays for a while. One of the rites of spring is my own personal neighborhood cleanup. I started right after work, and here’s a little rundown of what I found.
- Greatest decrease, prior year to current year: cigarette butts, down 30%
- Greatest decrease in item size: cigarette butts, 97% smoked fully
Either the recession and increased taxes are making cigarettes less appealing, or the winter weather, coldest it’s been in several years, is keeping smokers inside.
- Most frequent item: still cigarette butts (~30)
- Greatest increase: Styrofoam cups, up 50%
- Largest item, volume: FedEx envelope (1)
No clothes this year. That usually takes this category.
- Greatest overall volume: advertising newspapers (4), all sopping wet
- Greatest single dimension: unspooled cassette tape (4 feet)
- Most personally disgusting: cigar mouth pieces (2)
- Most generally disgusting: chewed gum with teeth prints (2)
- Most obsessive: bus transfer, torn into pieces 1 cm. by 1.5 cm.
- Saddest item: beads from a piece of kids jewelry with the shiny half worn off (2)
- Item most likely to make it into a story: broken 2008 Mickey Mouse Christmas ornament (1)
- Most impossible to gather: pieces of windshield glass from the car that hit the tree two feet inside our fence (100s)
- Nicest surprise: temperature (79F)
- Most welcome sight: active earthworms (2)
- Smallest ratio: energy to ambition (1 hour:infinite)
- Total volume: 1 medium shopping bag
- Percent complete: 33%
Back at it this weekend. Then I can trim the lilacs and dispose of the brush pile and pull grass and rearrange the ferns and the hardy geraniums and…whew! Yeah, I’ll be at this a while.
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