|A bag of trash collected in the park|
Motivations: keep the place clean so it stays clean (people are less likely to drop litter in a litter-free environment) & prevent trash from flowing into our streams, rivers, and eventually making its way to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
|Trash free view of Wheaton Regional Park|
It is easy to retrieve a plastic bag that is hanging off of a tree or bush and fill it with bottles, cans, and other plastic bags as one walks around outside. The amount of plastic bag waste is amazing, especially given the Montgomery County plastic bag fee. I can't even imagine the quantity of plastic bag waste there must have been flying around our parks before that fee!
I walked to the metro several times in the last week due to a flat bike tire, and also picked up a bag of recyclables en route yesterday.
|Stormwater catchment system near train depot in Wheaton Regional Park|