Day 16. - Don't Pollute...It Travels!
When out & about, if some packaging can't be held for recycling, be sure to keep it until it can be properly disposed of in a designated container.
Common estimates are that over 10 billion pounds of trash end up in the world’s oceans every year. Street sweeping after your dropped trash doesn't seem to be working. Even if you drop trash where you know someone’s job is to pick it up, winds or rains may send it on its way. All uncollected trash ends up in our eco-system in some manner...much ends up in waterways that transport trash all over the world. Now we have miles-long masses of pollution traveling on top of our oceans, where the impact is incredibly obvious to the eye, but the particles that we don't see and which sealife consumes, becoming part of their DNA, presents the real danger.
The easiest no-brainer of all environmental considerations is to properly dispose of your own trash. If it's not convenient, so be it; hold on to it until it is...and when you see someone littering, call them on it. Suggest that picking up your own trash is a personal responsibility, and be adult enough to pick it up if they don't.
If you pack it in, pack it out
Leave it cleaner than when you arrived
If your car emits extra exhaust, get it fixed.
Landfills end up leaching into our water, so minimize what is sent there by recycling and re-using.
Smokers: do not drop your cigarette butt on the ground or throw it out the window.
Burning trash pollutes the air first, then the land and water as particulates settle.