Have you ever witnessed someone throwing a whole package of trash out of their car or truck window? Have you been in the car with someone as they did this? Is it YOU throwing trash out the window?!?! Consider this: according to the U.S. National Park Service and Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota, FL., a simple plastic beverage bottle will take 450 years to decompose (same thing for disposable diapers). We find plenty of these bottles and yes, even diapers, on our runs. To know that we are cleaning things up that would have been on the ground for 450 years if nobody else touched it makes me feel good. The “someone else will get it” mentality is not the Green Runners. Not only do we get to feel great about cleaning up the planet, we get a workout in the process, thereby making our bodies that much stronger too. It’s a win-win.
But if you are the one adding to this mess, please remember this post. It’s not cool to litter. So please don’t be trashy. And if I catch you doing it, forgive me as I yell at the top of my lungs "LITTER BUG!" and point my finger at you! :)