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Thu Mar 11, 2021, 06:02 PM

Litter along our nation's highways.

Disgusting, gross, copious.Getting so much worse every year.

Are others seeing this? I wonder if Sec. Pete has any solutions.

Why do we accept this?

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Reply Litter along our nation's highways. (Original post)
cilla4progress Mar 2021 OP
roamer65 Mar 2021 #1
riversedge Mar 2021 #6
a kennedy Mar 2021 #9
pwb Mar 2021 #2
Elessar Zappa Mar 2021 #3
sinkingfeeling Mar 2021 #4
Skittles Mar 2021 #12
csziggy Mar 2021 #25
Skittles Mar 2021 #29
TwilightZone Mar 2021 #5
Delmette2.0 Mar 2021 #14
TwilightZone Mar 2021 #19
rsdsharp Mar 2021 #20
Delmette2.0 Mar 2021 #24
stillcool Mar 2021 #7
cilla4progress Mar 2021 #8
Ferryboat Mar 2021 #10
cilla4progress Mar 2021 #13
jimfields33 Mar 2021 #11
Peacetrain Mar 2021 #15
Shermann Mar 2021 #16
cilla4progress Mar 2021 #17
Solly Mack Mar 2021 #18
ChazII Mar 2021 #21
luv2fly Mar 2021 #22
Keth Mar 2021 #23
Goodheart Mar 2021 #26
csziggy Mar 2021 #27
IbogaProject Mar 2021 #28
Pobeka Mar 2021 #30

Response to cilla4progress (Original post)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 06:04 PM

1. Yeah, I'm getting sick of Trump signs too.



I classify those as littering as well.

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Response to roamer65 (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 06:30 PM

6. I see them so often also. I want to use of paint spray on them but I know that is illegal.

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Response to roamer65 (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 06:44 PM

9. We've got a flag and a yard sign of tRump still in our neighborhood.....makes me sick.

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Response to cilla4progress (Original post)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 06:20 PM

2. My State cleans our roads. They look nice.

Southern highways like 95 have blown out tires and oranges and you name it all over the place last I drove there. It is a state thing I guess. State plows plow the interstates? Maintenance of interstates are suppose to be done by the States. If states don't clean them Pete may be able to cut the funding they get to maintain them. IMO.

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Response to cilla4progress (Original post)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 06:21 PM

3. In my neck of the woods, littering problems

have lessened substantially since the 90s. Not sure why but the roadsides are cleaner here.

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Response to cilla4progress (Original post)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 06:23 PM

4. Trash is thrown everywhere by our populace. I walk around a local duck

pond (with more Canadian Geese than ducks) and there are cans, broken bottles, plastic sacks, and 3 Walmart shopping carts all around the edges. I just don't understand throwing things down where ever you are.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 06:54 PM

12. when I take a walk I take a bag with me and pick up trash

it is AMAZING how much trash is out there

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Response to Skittles (Reply #12)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 08:00 PM

25. My husband does that, too

Just be careful - while at a state park in South Carolina, he reached under a bush to pick up a can, then pulled back when he realized that the pile of leaves in front of the can was actually a copperhead snake. He was really lucky that it apparently had eaten recently and was not in a cranky mood!

Next time I go for a walk with him, I will take along my reacher tool. Then I can reach under bushes and if there are snakes there, they can bit the aluminum shaft and not one of our hands.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #25)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 08:55 PM

29. heh!

I am very careful indeed. I didn't even try to get a supermarket basket out of a nice creek I love to walk by, but told someone I had loaned 50 bucks if they could get it out they wouldn't have to pay be back. Problem solved the same day!

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Response to cilla4progress (Original post)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 06:29 PM

5. Texas is pretty aggressive about cleaning up along highways.

"Don't Mess With Texas" was (literally) an anti-littering campaign well before it was a W catchphrase.

On the other side, I lived in Omaha for nearly 20 years and it was one of the dirtiest towns I've seen. Ironic, because there's loads of money there. They're just terrified to tax appropriately for services.

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Response to TwilightZone (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 06:56 PM

14. Before W there was Lady Bird Johnson.

First Lady Johnson started a program in the 1960's in Texas to clean up the highways and replant wildflowers. When she became FLOTUS the program went nationwide. It was called Green Thumb.

Sorry, W does not get credit for it.

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Response to Delmette2.0 (Reply #14)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 07:23 PM

19. My point was that the slogan came from the littering campaign.

It dates to 1985 - it was developed by advertising agency GSD&M in Austin for the Texas Department of Transportation.

W just appropriated it.

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Response to Delmette2.0 (Reply #14)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 07:27 PM

20. I remember that. If memory serves she had a "Beautify America" program.

It included trying to minimize or eliminate billboards on highways, as well as picking up (and discouraging) litter.

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Response to rsdsharp (Reply #20)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 07:56 PM

24. Oh yes, the billboards, too.

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Response to cilla4progress (Original post)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 06:34 PM

7. I haven't seen any...

at all. Huge fines help, but I don't think there are even signs any more.

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Response to cilla4progress (Original post)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 06:36 PM

8. This is Washington state.

Guess I'll write to Gov. Inslee.

Used to be prison crews, students cleaning them.

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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #8)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 06:50 PM

10. Washington state has gotten worse over the years

People used to care. I think it has alot to do with excessive packaging. That and people just dont care or can't be bothered.

My neighbor put out a box of old paint thinking someone might want it. Despite a hazardous household waste site a mile away or habitat for humanity store close by.

Local waste management are the worst offenders. I clean up the alley the day after pick up because litter is all over the place.

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Response to Ferryboat (Reply #10)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 06:56 PM

13. Same at my rural

eastern Washington home! I see litter fly out of the garbage truck every time. Walk around and pick it up out of my pastures - gross!!

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Response to cilla4progress (Original post)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 06:52 PM

11. Could it be that the adopt the highway program was

interrupted for a year due to coronavirus? Id imagine that would be partly the reason.

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Response to cilla4progress (Original post)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 06:57 PM

15. It used to be bloody awful when I was a kid.. it is much better now

and a lot of the thank you for that goes to Lady Bird Johnson.. she made it her thing as First Lady.. cleaning up the highways

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Response to cilla4progress (Original post)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 06:57 PM

16. There was a story on the local NC news

The highway cleanup crews aren't working due to CV-19

It's a shame how quickly the litter accumulates.

Some of it is blown out of garbage trucks. Much is just carelessly (and illegally) tossed out of vehicles.

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Response to Shermann (Reply #16)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 06:59 PM

17. Yes, I was wondering about this.

I think it should be a special project on Earth Day every year. I typically do a trash pickup on the stretch out front of my home on that day every year

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Response to cilla4progress (Original post)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 07:02 PM

18. I got into a car one evening for a first and only date, saw the inside of the car

and said, "I see you're an environmentalist". (all the litter was in the car)

That's not why it was the only date. It was because he didn't get the joke that really wasn't a joke. Hopefully he invested in paper bags to store his treasures.


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Response to cilla4progress (Original post)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 07:31 PM

21. I have not traveled. My church has adopted a one mile

stretch in front of our building for our city. We will be picking up trash March 20. The city provides the trash bags, masks and gloves.

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Response to cilla4progress (Original post)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 07:44 PM

22. McDonalds trash and cheap beer cans

Litter the roadside ditches throughout rural Wisconsin. It is disgusting indeed.

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Response to cilla4progress (Original post)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 07:44 PM

23. you know..

how hard is it to keep a trash bag in your vehicle and put your waste in the bag? I was out riding my bike when I got a flat tire and was about 2 miles from home. So, I walked my bike and for the first time noticed how much trash was along the rode - fast food bags, pizza boxes, beer and soda cans, etc. I came across a large garbage bag that was busted open and all kinds of trash had leaked from it.

Just so sad. It's such a simple thing to ask and do - keep your outside clean.

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Response to cilla4progress (Original post)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 08:00 PM

26. My own state, sadly, is the absolute worst.

Louisiana, that is.

I guess it's tougher to dig trash out of the swamps that so frequently line the highways here, but I'm going to be honest... it's 99% because people don't give a damn.

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Response to cilla4progress (Original post)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 08:04 PM

27. Here in Florida, they had a program where groups or people 'adopt' roadways

And walk along, picking up garbage. Unfortunately, a lot of the groups that were originally enthusiastic have dropped off over the last decade or so. It's too bad, because when people learned how much trash there is thrown out, they tend to reduce what they dump and influence their friends into doing that, too.

Adopt a Highway Program

Volunteers enter into a two-year agreement with DOT, during which they agree to conduct litter removal at regularly scheduled intervals. Many miles of highway are adopted statewide by various organizations, allowing civic-minded people to make a difference in their communities. This eases the load of DOT work crews, enabling them to devote more time to other road maintenance and special highway projects.

Volunteers Agree to:

"Adopt" a two-mile section of a State Highway
Dedicate two years to the program
Follow specified DOT safety regulations
Remove litter a minimum of four times each year

More: https://www.fdot.gov/maintenance/aahinfo.shtm

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Response to cilla4progress (Original post)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 08:32 PM

28. East coast it's horrible

It is quite bad all over the North East. Though the highways themselves are better cleaned than my midtown NYC block.

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Response to cilla4progress (Original post)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 09:07 PM

30. Seems like it got much worse during the pandemic.

Everywhere, not just highways. I see it in local roads too. S. Puget Sound area.

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