The snow has finally melted. For now, at least, with the exception of a few dingy mounds that will hang out until May. I’m thrilled about not having to pull my best Kristi Yamaguchi moves to make it across the sheets of ice, however, I am not particularly thrilled to see what’s been hiding under the ice and snow for months: a barrage of litter.
It’s like a landfill sneezed all over the sidewalks and streets. The trash isn’t limited to my neighborhood, either. It’s everywhere.
Mingling with fall’s leftover leaves and dirt, I’ve seen the following: one glove, one scarf, Quarter Pounder box, beer cans, beer bottles, crumpled newspapers, newspapers in sleeves, styrofoam, spray can, plastic bags, coffee cups, cigarettes, cigarette packs, lighter, a tire, rim (separate of the tire), bucket, plastic bottles, plastic bin, fast-food cups, discarded flyers and string cheese.
The best was, however, a computer hard drive. Seriously. You could probably up your RAM with its parts if you acted quickly enough. I can’t even imagine the computer’s journey to the sidewalk. Did some parents tell their kids that they had to give the computer away to a good family, one that owns a farm, only to abandon it on the sidewalk? Or did it accidentally fall out of someone’s pocket? Not sure.
And the dog poo is another story entirely. Ugh. Beware of where you walk.
The litter makes me so angry, I almost wish it’d snow again just so I wouldn’t have to look at it. Ok, I take that back. Isn’t there a Boy Scout troop that needs a street-cleaning badge?