Take Your Litter Home!

@ellie333 (21029)
August 13, 2008 4:06pm CST
I pulled into a layby earlier today on my journey home to have a drink and something to eat and stretch my legs. I finished my drink and realised there was no bin in the layby, there was however lots of discarded cans and bottles and carrier bags. I always keep a bag in the car and will collect all my litter and take home and put in the bin there if necessary so why can't others. Bins should be provided I agree but if not available how hard is it really to keep with and wait to dispose of. Would this annoy you? Would you take your litter home? Whose responsibility do you think it is? Ellie :D
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@checapricorn (16072)
• United States
13 Aug 08
Hi ellie, [i]That will also annoy me especially seeing people throwing their wrappers or empty cans or cups anywhere! I always place it in my purse for wrappers but for cans or cups, I always find bin and if I can't find any, I will take it home.. I have no guts to just leave it anywhere, same as my husband! I guess with this simple act we can help our environment and I hope everyone will take responsibility yet![/i]
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@ellie333 (21029)
14 Aug 08
Hi Checapricorn, I think you do what most people do but the ones that really can;t be bothered and just leave lying anywhere really annoys me too. I couldn't believe all these people had just left at the roadside instead of taking with. Ellie :D
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• United States
14 Aug 08
I really admire you for taking time to pick up some...In my case, I am bothered but when I am in hurry, I will just wish someone will pick it up! I know I need also to be more sensitive other than my own litter! But wish people will be more responsible!
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@littleowl (7157)
13 Aug 08
Hi Ellie...it annoys me for one that we are meant to clear up our litter behind us but have no bin to put it in councils or whomever especially on motorways etc should have them in the laybys otherwise what can you expect form most people...however saying that I always have a bag on me when it comes to putting an empty drink bottle etc in cos I really don't like leaving rubbish lying around..infact it would make me feel GUILTY if I did Hugglws littleowl
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@ellie333 (21029)
14 Aug 08
Hi Littleowl, even though not now as my boys are in doggie Heaven as dog owners we have been used to carrying bags with us for that so it is perhaps more automatic for us to have one available for litter, I don't know just my viewpoint. Mands actually commented on the fact that it blocks drains too which had a definite knock on effect by blocking and causing flash flooding problems so everyone is given higher insurances etc. just because they are too lazy to take their litter with or find a bin, crazy eh! Huggles. Ellie :D
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@MsTickle (24752)
• Australia
26 Aug 08
We have people littering all over even though there ARE bins provided. It's a real problem in Australia in spite of numerous Clean Up campaigns. Some ratbags like to toss bottles and rubbish out of car windows as they drive along too so that the country roads are strewn with rubbish. It's horrible.
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@ellie333 (21029)
26 Aug 08
Hi MsTickle, surely it takes as much time and ebergy to toss a bottle out of the window as it would to take home and put into the bin. Where is the respect for the countryside they live in. I would say something if I saw someone doing this. I always have a bag in the car so I can put rubbish in and then take home with, how difficult is it surely for people to do this crazy eh! Huggles. Ellie :D
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@MsTickle (24752)
• Australia
4 Sep 08
I so agree...some people simply don't care and that's a sad fact. Lucy was in the car with me one day when I went shopping. I stopped for fuel and she dived out of the car and dropped a big one on the pristine looking, newly mown grass verge out the front. Luckily, I carry a bag for this very reason and picked it up and put it in the boot. Embarrassing enough that she did it...I would have been further embarrassed to leave it there. Just to clarify, Lucy is my dog...
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@ellie333 (21029)
4 Sep 08
Hi MsTickle, I knew Lucy was your dog but I guess others reading it may not have done LOL so thanks for clarifying. I always clear up after my dogs too when I had them and about to get another soon and people that don't clear up after them really annoy me. Huggles. Ellie :D
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• Malaysia
14 Aug 08
Hey there, i do think that a civic-minded person should be doing their best to keep the environment clean and free of litter but sometimes I myself just throw away rubbish anywhere when there is no rubbish bins. Rubbish bins are very important because most people do not give too much thought when they want to dispose their rubbish so when they cant find a rubbish bin in 10 seconds they just throw it anywhere. ^^
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@ellie333 (21029)
26 Aug 08
Hi Koharukusumi, apologies for late reply I didn't realise that I hadn't responded. Rather than throw anywhere though wouldn't it be just as easy to take with until you do find a bin or to put into a bag and dispose of at home. That you for being honest though in that you do throw rubbish anywhere sometimes, it is refreshing to see such honesty. Ellie :D
• Malaysia
26 Aug 08
No worries, ellie about the late reply. It's not something that I think of anyway. Yeah I wish I am more disciplined. It's one of my bad habits but I am focusing on curbing my smoking habit for 2 months now so my garbage-throwing habit will need to wait. Have a nice day.^^
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@ellie333 (21029)
26 Aug 08
Smoking is one of mine too and being late in replying to discussions at time LOL, good luck with the non-smoking though. Ellie :D
@kaleegirl45 (1474)
• United States
13 Aug 08
Hi ellie, I also hate when people dump their trash on the street. Like yesterday, I was parked waiting for my husband to come back from the store, two kids and their mother were walking and the little boy finish eating his chips and just dump the bag on the sidewalk. The mother didn't say anything to him, they just kept walking. That's way our streets are so dirty, people don't care.
@ellie333 (21029)
14 Aug 08
Hi Kaleegirl, People should care though. I have always encouraged my son to put things into a bin and if he had done that I would have made him pick it up. This mother is definitely not leading by example at all, which is such a shame eh! Some people do care but not enough. Ellie :D
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• United States
14 Aug 08
You're right people should care. And it should always start at home. If kids don't pick up after themselves there, they are not going to do it on the streets. And people wonder why the enviorment is the way it is. there is so much trash in the streets than in the bins. At least we know that we care. have a great day.
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@PearlGrace (3172)
• United States
13 Aug 08
Hello ellie333. I am not sure what a layby is. It sounds like a little park, sort of. Yes, it would annoy me if people simply left their litter somewhere without taking any responsibility for it. I would definitely take my litter home with me. Each person is responsible for his own garbage. I definitely agree with you on this one.
@ellie333 (21029)
14 Aug 08
Hi PearlGrace, A layby is an area just off the road where if you get tired driving you can stop for a while. Most have litter bins and an emergency phone but not a lot else, but if there isn't a bin available why do people just dump. If they are in their cars it surely wouldn't be too much for them just to take with and clear car when they get home eh! Laziness and disrespect for the environment I guess. Ellie :D
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• United States
14 Aug 08
It doesn't seem all that difficult for people to keep their own garbage if there's not a trash can. They can just drop it in the floor of their cars and place it in the trash when they get home. I can't imagine people wanting to litter their own country, it just doesn't make any sense. I don't blame you for being annoyed. I see the same stuff sometimes and it's so frustrating.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
13 Aug 08
It is the responsibility of the establishment, coffee house, pub, restaurant, or layby to have a garbage bin for the patrons to dispose of their trash. So the layby was encouraging the people to throw their trash away. Not everyone has a bag along with them to put trash in because we all expect that when we finished our drinks and our snacks, we will walk out and see the trash bin right that near the door. Even if you are at the beach and get fish and chips there is always a garbage can even if it is battered down. If you picked something up at the stores, you already have the bag, but is it yours to go buy something that you would not need so there would be a bag to throw the trash in?
@ellie333 (21029)
14 Aug 08
Hi Suspenseful, Here in the UK a layby is just somewhere off road you can stop it usually has just parking, maybe an emergency phone and in many a litter/trash bin. I agree all establishments selling food and drink should have somewhere where you ccan dispose of the rubbish but feel these stop off places should too but I do carry bags with me in the car for litter (guess having a four year old who gets bored on car journeys encourages this as he munches and drinks throughout journey LOL) Ellie :D
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
14 Aug 08
Well we do not have a four year old, and besides she is only a little over a year old, and I think my son and daughter=in-law want to take them with them. But when our sons were young we had a bag in the car where we put all the trash because we were all goo snackers, but now with just the two of us, we usually just stop at the restaurants to eat. So unless we buy something on the way, there is no trash bag in the car and usually we do not. Rather tight waded.
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• India
14 Aug 08
yes
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@ellie333 (21029)
26 Aug 08
Sorry for late response, pleased to hear it. Ellie :D
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• Philippines
14 Aug 08
I am very thankful to my Highschool teachers who taught me this habit. Even without a car or plastic, I learned to either bring home my own craps or find a garbage can. Fortunately, I became a teacher myself and I had been teaching the same thing. And it is really fun seeing your students doing the same.
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@ellie333 (21029)
26 Aug 08
Hi Jaypeemanuel, I am very sorry for the late reply but I thank you for responding and I am pleased that you were taught well and are now also doing the same for your students. Well done. Thanks for sharing. Ellie :D
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• China
14 Aug 08
i do agree with you about this problem . everyon of us should not discard litter randomly. we should keep our earth clean
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@ellie333 (21029)
26 Aug 08
Hi Iambaiyunlvshui, I am so sorry for late response, I don't know how I did but I seem to have missed a whole page that I haven't replied to. Everyone should clean up after themselves, thank you for agreeeing with me on this one. LOL. Ellie :D
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@gemini_rose (16194)
14 Aug 08
It always makes me mad to see people dump their rubbish like that. I mean where is the harm in just keeping it in a plastic bag in the car and putting it in the next bin you pass or bringing it home. I am one of those people that will not allow my kids to drop even the tiniest bit of paper, and as a consequence I always have pocketfuls of rubbish when I have been shopping. My kids though, will not drop a bit of rubbish when they are out with me, if they do I make them go after it and pick it up.
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@ellie333 (21029)
26 Aug 08
Hi Gemini_rose, wow I am so sorry for somereason I seem to have missed a whole bunch of responses that I haven't responded to yours included. You do as I do and make the kids pick any dropped litter up but they tend not too and my son will even moan if he sees any on the street bless. I will quite often pick up litter I see and out into my bag to take to a bin. Ellie :D
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@Bluepatch (2481)
• Trinidad And Tobago
14 Aug 08
I know a lot of people who have litter bags in their cars. Trinidad passed litter laws years ago and the government never put out a single bin on the streets. Private companies and organisations do that. These are always full and never enough to collect everything. Imagine ! Litter laws and nowhere to throw garbage !
@ellie333 (21029)
26 Aug 08
Hi Bluepatch I am so sorry for late response, I have just spotted and I have just received another response, I really didn't mean to leave it this long befor responding. Litter laws and no where to throw the rubbish, normal I guess we have the same here in the UK but they never seem to be implemented. I have a carrier bag in the car at all times and put any litter into that and take home with, I usually keep one in my poscket too when out walking. People should take more pride in the area they live eh! Thanks you for your input into this discussion and once again apologies. Ellie :D
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14 Aug 08
It is annoying how there are no bins about and I do take my rubbish with me. It like at bus stops and even on buses people will just drop their litter without regards to who will have to clear it up, thats if someone does clear it up!! Bins should be provided as in the long run it will be easier to empty a bin than go around picking up all the rubbish that is lying about!! So much for Keep Britain Tidy. I dont think much is done to to encourage people to keep their country tidy, I dont think these litter louts even care about their country!! As for responsibility it is the people who drop litter but then it will also fall onto the council for not having bins in place and of course it will be them who will end up cleaning it at the tax payers expense probably!!
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@ellie333 (21029)
26 Aug 08
Hi Cinderella, I am so sorry for such a late response I really don't know how I missed all these responses, if I hadn't of had another response today I may not have ever known either, stranger but I had replied to one in the middle of the third page so perhaps I never received notifications that day who knows, any way back to the discussion I am pleased to hear you take your rubbish home with you also. How hard is it though even if there are no bins to take home with and dispose of. I usually will carry until I do see a bin or if in car fill a carrier baga nad put in bin once home if no bin available. No there is no pride anymore in the UK and the clear up we will have to pay for. Ellie :D
@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
14 Aug 08
Well ellie, I do agree with you here. It is not that difficult to hold on to your trash and dispose of it when you reach your destination. We have a disturbing situation too here in the USA about the growing trash compounds as it is. If there is no place to dispose of the trash where you are, then take it with you! It is not that big of a deal! If you do not want to take it as far as your full destination then take it as far as is necessary and dump it the first litter pail that you see!
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@ellie333 (21029)
14 Aug 08
Hi Opal, No it is not that difficult but so many people just leave behind without giving a thought for others or the environment. If I see rubbish laying around near to me I will pick up and put into the nearest bin, I will do this on the beach also. I was sat on the beach the other day and watched a lady pick up all the litter she spotted as she was walking back up the ramp to dispose of her own, what a lovely good example she was. None of us like to see litter everywhere so why do some drop it, crazy eh! Ellie :D
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@guybrush (4662)
• Australia
13 Aug 08
Hi Ellie! I think it's our own responsibility to take our rubbish home with us - and like you, I've noticed some horrors when stopping during road trips! Last time my husband and I pulled over, I opened the door and nearly stepped into where someone had obviously emptied a full car ashtray. Nearby was an open plastic bag full of foul-smelling disposable nappies! Sadly, RailCorp in Australia decided after the 9/11 attack to remove all rubbish bins from their stations, which is really annoying as you often want to empty your bag of sweet wrappers and used newspapers after a train trip! It would be nice if packaging could be kept to a minimum anyway - there's far too much of it.
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@ellie333 (21029)
14 Aug 08
Hi Guybrush, Many litter bins where removed here too in the UK but at the same time people should not use the lack of them as an excuse to drop litter but yes a pocket full of sweet wrappers after a train journey can be annoying I agree. If everyone decided no to drop any litter at all the world would be a much cleaner place eh! Ellie :D
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@mands61123 (2099)
13 Aug 08
ahh thats one of my pet peeves i used to get shouted at as a child if i ever even tried to drop litter so it's like a natural thing now i end up with everyones litter cos i can't stand it. You get fined £1000 now where i am but really how hard is it to just keep hold of it until you find a bin. Plus it means the streets are nice and clean and not rat infested nothing against rats just litter is such an eyesore and it blocks up drainage systems just such a pain in the bum
@ellie333 (21029)
14 Aug 08
Hi Mands, Yes how hard is it to take litter with, £1000 fine thats fantastic, hopefully it deters people from throwing it on the street. Drains being blocked contributes to flash flooding and insurances going up so these people don't realise the knock on effect just one piece of litter can cause eh! Ellie :D
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@bubblyapple (2655)
• Philippines
13 Aug 08
It does annoy me when I see that there are cans and or bottles left along the park or at any place for that matter. I believe that if a person doesn't want to look for trash cans for their litters, then they shouldn't have brought/bought those cans and bottles of soda/water. Walking a few more steps to be able to find a trash can or putting a small candy wrapper in your pocket first would do a good deal to ensure that our environment is kept clean and orderly.
@ellie333 (21029)
14 Aug 08
Hi Bubblyapple, I am forever emptying my pockets of sweet wrappers, LOL that I have taken home, a few have even been through the washing machine too! I was down our local park the other day and we have a lovevly pond full of fish and ducks and someone had thrown tin cans onto it and left those plastic holders on the ground. I got as many as I could reach out and put them in the bin as these are dangerous to the ducks but there were some in the middle I couldn't reach. I was so annoyed. Ellie :D
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@ljean791 (66)
• United States
13 Aug 08
I always keep plastic bags in the car and take my litter home if there are no trash bins around. I think it is awful that some people have no respect for the environment or for others.
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@ellie333 (21029)
14 Aug 08
Hi Ljean, I am pleased to hear that, if everyone done as we do the world would certainly be a cleaner place eh! Ellie :D
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@jillhill (37354)
• United States
13 Aug 08
I always always take mine with me....it's one of my pet peeves! When I travel it really irks me when I see people tossing their garbage out onto the street....why do they think it's someone else's responsibility? When I went to the grand canyon...that's what I saw...litter and people not flushing the toilets! I am glad they have invented a toilet that will flush when you stand up! These are two of my biggest gripes!
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@ellie333 (21029)
13 Aug 08
Hi Jill, Yes beauty spots around the world are ruined by peoples laziness. It annoys me too. I went to the loo once in a Hilton hotel and they were disgusting so I went to reception and told them, they cleared straight away but why do people leave them like that? Makes you wonder how they live at home eh! Ellie :D
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13 Aug 08
Hi ellie, I think those pigs who do that has no sense of responsiblity, I wonder if their own homes are like tips, if more people you take thier rubbish home the country would be that much more pleasant. Thank you ellie. Love and Huggles Tamara
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@ellie333 (21029)
13 Aug 08
Hi Tamara, Whenever my son and I go out I will always end up picking litter up with him and putting into the nearest bin, if everyone done this it would help clear up and if people all took home with them if no bin available there wouldn't be a problem eh! Huggles. Ellie :D
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