Friday, September 18, 2009

America, the Beautiful

McFarland exit from GA 400 South.

The biggest myth associated with smoking is that cigarette filters are biodegradable. Actually, the filter of a cigarette is made from acetate, a form of plastic which takes many years to decompose. For more info: http://www.cigarettelitter.org/index.asp?PageName=Facts

So mean time, we all get to enjoy the thousands of cigarettes casually thrown out the window of a car while someone is waiting for this stoplight to change. And while they are at it, a few drink bottles to keep them company.

What happened to Keep America Beautiful?

9 comments:

Tony said...

Freak man, how can people be so stupid! We see shotgun shells, spent rounds, car parts..you name it when we go out. We always try to come home with a bag of trash, but it never seems to do much. I have no idea what is in some people's heads!!

Tony said...

..I suppose I can see how people might think they are biodegradeable though, but the bottle...they prolly don't want an open container.

Mr. Motorcycle said...

This sickens me. I am a green freak so I might get bothered by this more than some. Remember when we were kids before the adopt a highway program how filthy (all) the roadsides were?

And Tony,
Good for you for doing your part. Every bit helps.

IowaHarleyGirl (Stephanie) said...

I'm an X Smoker and guilty of the flick out of the car window back in the day. The weird thing is it makes me crazy now to see other people do that. I always want to tell them to go back and pick it up.

Canajun said...

Our little community does a spring cleanup day after the last snow has melted in the ditches. On about 5 miles of roads we will pick up 2 or 3 dumpsters full of bottles, cans, MacDonald's packaging, clothing, sofas, car parts, batteries, plastics of all kinds, wheels, tires, propane tanks, building materials - the list goes on, and on, and on. And we do this every year!

This is not on a major highway, but a dead end road used only by residents and visitors. If they won't keep their own backyards clean, what hope is there for the rest of the country?

It makes me sick!

Arizona Harley Dude said...

Brought to you by the same people who never say Please or Thank You, Yes Ma'am or No Sir. Manners seem to be a thing of the past.

Allen Madding said...

AZ - and all this time I thought it was just me. Has society lost the words, "Excuse me"?

-Peace

Jack Riepe said...

Dear Mr. Madding:

This will amaze you. My first wife, Maryann, was a communications executive for the "Keep America Beautiful" people. While Ladybird Johnson was a driving force in creatimg anti-litter awareness, the Keep America Beautiful folks ran the commercials using the crying Indian (Iron Eyes Cody).

Do you know who funded KAB? The largest manufacturers and distributors of cans, bottles, and disposable packaging. The primary purpose was to defeat deposit bottles and cans in the US. They did a lot of good for making people aware of litter, but there was a self/serving reason behind it.

I have no patience with people who throw trash out of car windows. And the with-us-forever cigarette filters is one of the reasons I smoke cigars.

Fondest regards,
Jack • reep • Toad

mq01 said...

in CA you get a hefty ticket for throwing lit cigs out the window, rightfully. fires and litter, nothing good comes from it...