How do you plan on spending your summer vacation? Road trip? Water park? Camping out in the backyard? For a group of half-dozen volunteers their summer will be spent cleaning up roadside trash. The group is called “Pick Up America” and they started a cross country trek back in March 2010 and plan to end in San Francisco sometime next year. This summer, the group will be making their way through central Ohio bringing awareness to the issue of littering along our highways and byways.
During the winter, the crew spends their time fund raising, but as soon as the weather turns warm they load up with their garbage bags and take off.
“What we say our mission is, is to inspire a transition to zero waste,” Greg Katski, a native of Silver Springs, Maryland recently told the Greene County Daily World. “We are showing everyone how much trash we produce. We leave the trash bags there along the road for Department of Sanitation to pick up.” In the last 735 miles of their journey, the team managed to pick up close to 75,000 pounds of trash.
Think about that for a moment: 75,000 pounds of trash was tossed out of cars along the side of the road. Among the list of common articles are fast food wrappers, drink cans and cups, appliances, plastic bottles and tires. There is also the hazardous list of materials including needles and various illegal drug paraphernalia. There was even a shoe box with a dead chicken inside. It’s hard to imagine anyone going through their day without passing some kind of garbage can. Do they really need to be tossing all this trash out on the road?
In our homes, most of us have our garbage under control. We stuff our weekly pickup cans and make sure they are put on the curb on the right day. No fuss, no muss. However, there are some times when our trash can overwhelm us. This would be with those large trash items. We’re not talking about a big ball of aluminum foil. Instead, this category of garbage would be taken up with all those items you simply couldn’t fit into your garbage can. Maybe it’s a fallen tree limb and you don’t have a saw to chop it up with. Maybe it’s some old car parts like a rusty fender or engine. Maybe it’s a long abandoned lawn mower. There could be a lot of large trash items around your home in Columbus.
We hold onto these items because we can’t throw them away. Well, fortunately for residents of Columbus, Ohio that has changed. You can now call up a professional large trash pickup team – Junk King Columbus – and make an appointment to take away your big trash. By hiring this crew you won’t have to worry about breaking up these items or where to dump them. All you need to do is point to the trash you want carted away. What could be simpler than that?