It all started with a run on Mt. Hood Ski Bowl and ever since I’ve been much more aware of trail trash (some may say a little obsessed) and am determined to do something about it. I pick up and carry out what I find, but there’s many trails I have yet to explore, so I need your help.
I picked this up Sunday in a small parking lot across from the Birch trailhead in Forest Park–it took me about 10-15 minutes to get it all – 123 pieces of litter. The most common items were plastic wrappers, straws, coffee cups, cigarette butts, and pop/beer cans (recycling the recyclables).
My guess is the litter had been lying around for a few days. My frustration is no one picked it up, even when someone was parked next to a discarded “something.” We can do better than this—I doubt the litterers are following my blog, so my ask of you is to pick up at least three pieces of litter the next time you’re outside or on a trail. Think of the result if we all did it – no one likes to see our wildplaces, cities, or neighborhoods trashed. Model good behavior and others will follow.
Because a little incentive never hurts, take a picture of your “litter pick up” and post it to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with the hashtag #makeapactpackitout for a chance to win a $10 gift card to REI from me, Thumbholes! If you aren’t active on social media, you can email me your picture.
The “Take Three for Our Trails” contest runs through October 31 (one picture will be picked at random). Check out the gallery of trashy images.