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(Quad City Times)   Xstream Cleanup volunteers in the Illinois and Iowa Quad-Cities area filled 937 trash bags full of cigarette butts, food wrappers, cans and other items, grabbed 237 tires, 14 appliances, 13 pieces of furniture, 29 televisions and 10 mattresses   (qctimes.com) divider line 83
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2014-08-10 06:49:56 PM  
If they pull trash out of the streams and park, where will they put it? A landfill?  Doesn't seem to make much sense.
 
2014-08-10 08:22:30 PM  
HUZZAH?
 
2014-08-10 08:22:53 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-08-10 08:24:32 PM  

rkiller1: If they pull trash out of the streams and park, where will they put it? A landfill?  Doesn't seem to make much sense.


You've just made it your mission to make snide, critical comments about everything on Fark, regardless of how little sense you make, haven't you?
 
2014-08-10 08:24:48 PM  

doglover: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 400x219]


Man, I love that movie.
 
2014-08-10 08:25:33 PM  
And not a single dead hooker?
 
2014-08-10 08:30:41 PM  
Were the guys from American Pickers involved in this?  They live right by there.
 
2014-08-10 08:31:07 PM  
Not amazed. We do an annual river cleanup of a threes mile stretch of the a Tibetan creek. Each year we pull out about 150 - 250 tires. People treat rivers like garbage bins.
 
2014-08-10 08:32:57 PM  
No Corpses?  Lame.
 
2014-08-10 08:35:27 PM  
It's sad that people just throw litter everywhere, especially in parks.  I like to hike and I usually bring a grocery bag if for nothing else for me to pack my own trash out, but if I see other people's trash I'll usually pick that up too if for no other reason than I won't see it the next time I'm there.

I once ran across a case or two of empty beer bottles that had been left by some assholes in a park by a creek.  I picked up all that would fit into the 2 grocery bags I had brought that day.  I got some strange looks from a few folks as I emerged from the woods carrying 2 bags full of empty beer bottles at 9 or so in the morning.
 
2014-08-10 08:35:29 PM  
No Stacy Peterson?
 
2014-08-10 08:38:20 PM  

lordargent: And not a single dead hooker?


You don't put those in trash bags, silly.  Dead hookers go into the Love Safe.
 
2014-08-10 08:38:52 PM  
Yeah, make it inconvenient and expensive to get rid of items like that, then get upset and surprised when they turn up beside the road somewhere. Some of that stuff has reuse or recycle value. Why not just circulate a stake truck once a month on the same route as the garbage pickup?
 
2014-08-10 08:41:51 PM  
I wonder if towns they found the large items in have any trash days where the city comes and picks up pretty much anything that will fit into the garbage truck.

Some places never do this then wonder why there's an illegal dumping problem.

/not excusing the morons who do the dumping
 
2014-08-10 08:42:51 PM  
CSB
My home town does this every year. My fiend's kid brother got caught by the local cops drinking beer with his friends in the woods and they made them participate as community service. The town paper put a picture of him cleaning on the front page and everyone thought he was such a great kid for helping out.
 
2014-08-10 08:45:14 PM  
I've been to the Quad Cities. Sounds like they managed to clean up the average contents of a city block there.

/at least they did something, though
 
2014-08-10 08:45:27 PM  
Shoot, a fella' could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff.
 
2014-08-10 08:45:39 PM  
It is time to start jailing people for throwing out cigarette butts. After a third ticket for flicking you smoke on the ground it is a felony in Illinois.
 
2014-08-10 08:48:55 PM  

Demonrats: It is time to start jailing people for throwing out cigarette butts. After a third ticket for flicking you smoke on the ground it is a felony in Illinois.


Yea the US doesn't have enough people in jail for nonviolent offenses already,  lets cram some more in there.
 
2014-08-10 08:50:19 PM  
An Army friend stationed in Naples, Italy said that local garages always suggested getting rid of old car batteries by throwing them out the window in the countryside.

/Naples is a shiathole
 
2014-08-10 08:50:22 PM  

Strolpol: I've been to the Quad Cities. Sounds like they managed to clean up the average contents of a city block there.

/at least they did something, though


I lived in Davenport, IA about 3.5 decades ago and it seemed like a decent enough place.  I was in East Moline, IL and it seemed to be a giant cesspool.
 
2014-08-10 08:53:24 PM  

Boo_Guy: Demonrats: It is time to start jailing people for throwing out cigarette butts. After a third ticket for flicking you smoke on the ground it is a felony in Illinois.

Yea the US doesn't have enough people in jail for nonviolent offenses already,  lets cram some more in there.


This law was passed by a Democrat Super-Majority in my state. I've been spending most my life living in a progressive paradise. You can go to jail for a chunk of your life for throwing out a pack that will cost you more than $5.
 
2014-08-10 08:54:07 PM  
We'll never have world peace if we can't even get people to not litter.

Clean up after yourselves, you lazy sacks of shiat.
 
2014-08-10 08:56:10 PM  
And a partridge in a pear tree.
 
2014-08-10 08:58:17 PM  
I have often wondered how far one would have to walk along a roadside to gather all of the parts to assemble a working automobile.
 
2014-08-10 08:58:53 PM  

Dudley_Nightsoil: Yeah, make it inconvenient and expensive to get rid of items like that, then get upset and surprised when they turn up beside the road somewhere. Some of that stuff has reuse or recycle value. Why not just circulate a stake truck once a month on the same route as the garbage pickup?


We do, by appointment. Call the City the day before. You can even drag that stuff to the transfer station on weekends for free.

If you're going to go out of your way to find a desolate parking lot to swap out and leave the 22" tires on your Caprice, you could've just stayed home and not littered.
 
2014-08-10 09:03:09 PM  

lyndsayj: And a partridge in a pear tree.


And a part-


Dammit!
 
2014-08-10 09:03:48 PM  

T-Servo: An Army friend stationed in Naples, Italy said that local garages always suggested getting rid of old car batteries by throwing them out the window in the countryside.

/Naples is a shiathole


^THIS

Was there last year dodging more than one pile of poo on the sidewalk that looked human.

...and the graffiti... I've only been to one place worse, and that was some bay front bar in Ocean City.
 
2014-08-10 09:04:23 PM  
Shoot, a fella' could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff.
 
2014-08-10 09:05:55 PM  

Demonrats: This law was passed by a Democrat Super-Majority in my state. I've been spending most my life living in a progressive paradise. You can go to jail for a chunk of your life for throwing out a pack that will cost you more than $5.


It sounds tough to be an asshole dirtball in your area.
 
2014-08-10 09:07:54 PM  
Appliances and tv's, where's the scrappers?
 
2014-08-10 09:08:10 PM  

Tonyboy: I have often wondered how far one would have to walk along a roadside to gather all of the parts to assemble a working automobile.


*squints* Aren't the parts on the roadside the ones most likely not to be working?  You might have more luck assembling a complete automobile on which not a single thing worked.
 
2014-08-10 09:08:33 PM  

TheLopper: We'll never have world peace if we can't even get people to not litter.

Clean up after yourselves, you lazy sacks of shiat.


I have a CSB.  When I witnessed the driver of a small delivery truck toss out a bag of fast food trash I called the number that was all over the truck and asked to speak to the owner or a manager about a driver.  The owner picked up and I explained what I saw one of his drivers do and where.

"Which truck?"

"I am right behind it," and I read off the license plate number.

"He is not even supposed to be around there.  He is fired."

Now I do not know if he was yanking my chain or not, but I would like to think that it was taken seriously.
 
2014-08-10 09:09:09 PM  

rkiller1: If they pull trash out of the streams and park, where will they put it? A landfill?  Doesn't seem to make much sense.


If you don't see the difference between a landfill and a river there is nothing we can do for you.
 
2014-08-10 09:09:22 PM  

lack of warmth: Appliances and tv's, where's the scrappers?


I am telling you!  The guys from American Pickers are just south of there.
 
2014-08-10 09:13:51 PM  

Dudley_Nightsoil: Yeah, make it inconvenient and expensive to get rid of items like that, then get upset and surprised when they turn up beside the road somewhere. Some of that stuff has reuse or recycle value. Why not just circulate a stake truck once a month on the same route as the garbage pickup?


Yeah, we're not allowed to throw away electronics here either so I'm really getting a kick out of your comment.

I'm not going to resort to dumping it illegally though.  I'm hoping Goodwill wants my old speakers.  I'm not even sure if it's legal or me to throw them away.  And I've got a couple of monitors which I was hoping to go target shooting with, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen so I guess I'll have to cough up some money to have them shipped to Africa or something.

I'm really an outlaw though - I throw away batteries and light bulbs.  Fark the earth if it can't deal with that.
 
2014-08-10 09:16:14 PM  
I'd be willing to bet half of what they picked up were these.

www.wesellcoffee.com

These farking things are everywhere, worst thing ever invented.
 
2014-08-10 09:19:09 PM  
Most smokers don't consider throwing their used cigarette butts on the ground as littering - (an honest example) - my friend was picking up litter at a car park (he hates seeing rubbish on the ground); after he put that rubbish in the bin, he finished his cigarette and threw his used cigarette butt on the ground and jumped into the car - honest to god that's what happened.
www.cigarettelitter.org
 
2014-08-10 09:19:33 PM  
Litter is something that ticks me off to no end. When we lived in California, I would clean up 1 mile in each direction along the sidewalks of our closest major road at least once, sometimes twice a year. 5-6 large trash bags full of fast food containers, coffee cups and beer cans.
Moved to Oregon several years ago where our property backs up to a National Forest. I couldn't believe the amount of garbage people dump in the woods. Furniture, tires, computers, busted atvs, and an endless supply of beer cans.
Depending on where you live, a county dump charges something like $5 - $20 for a pick-up full of crap. You generated it, you dispose of it properly. Why is this so difficult?
I'm not in favor of sending people to jail for this, but fine the heck out of 'em. I think in Oregon it's more than 6 grand, if you're caught littering. That should just be the beginning. Double or triple it every time you get caught. Farking lazy dumbarses.
 
2014-08-10 09:23:21 PM  

jaytkay: Demonrats: This law was passed by a Democrat Super-Majority in my state. I've been spending most my life living in a progressive paradise. You can go to jail for a chunk of your life for throwing out a pack that will cost you more than $5.

It sounds tough to be an asshole dirtball in your area.


Tell me about it. They keep arresting poor people in the heavily Democrat districts for things such as meth labs, selling illegal monkeys, more meth labs, and one guy was arrested as a  serial killer that nabbed himself a large number of black prostitutes that he burned in his backyard. They won't let anyone do anything in Illinois.
 
2014-08-10 09:27:49 PM  

rkiller1: If they pull trash out of the streams and park, where will they put it? A landfill?  Doesn't seem to make much sense.


Exactly. Landfills are already over capacity. These do gooders never thing these things all the way through.
 
2014-08-10 09:29:31 PM  

gfid: Dudley_Nightsoil: Yeah, make it inconvenient and expensive to get rid of items like that, then get upset and surprised when they turn up beside the road somewhere. Some of that stuff has reuse or recycle value. Why not just circulate a stake truck once a month on the same route as the garbage pickup?

Yeah, we're not allowed to throw away electronics here either so I'm really getting a kick out of your comment.

I'm not going to resort to dumping it illegally though.  I'm hoping Goodwill wants my old speakers.  I'm not even sure if it's legal or me to throw them away.  And I've got a couple of monitors which I was hoping to go target shooting with, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen so I guess I'll have to cough up some money to have them shipped to Africa or something.


Around here, Goodwill sorts those by putting them in a special receptacle out back, along with the rest of the trash.
 
2014-08-10 09:39:17 PM  
Sounds like a job for Alvin Fernald,
 
2014-08-10 09:45:51 PM  

ozzie_stu: Most smokers don't consider throwing their used cigarette butts on the ground as littering - (an honest example) - my friend was picking up litter at a car park (he hates seeing rubbish on the ground); after he put that rubbish in the bin, he finished his cigarette and threw his used cigarette butt on the ground and jumped into the car - honest to god that's what happened.


Cars also no longer have ashtrays.  What are you to do with your butt?  Personally I roll out the cherry out the window and place the filter in a plastic bag.  That is a huge hassle to some people, but seems to be the most reasonable thing to do if you are not driving a car from the 1980's or before.
 
2014-08-10 09:46:49 PM  

Tonyboy: I have often wondered how far one would have to walk along a roadside to gather all of the parts to assemble a working automobile.


Didn't Bob Dylan write a song like that?
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind....
 
2014-08-10 09:49:26 PM  

Panty Sniffer: ozzie_stu: Most smokers don't consider throwing their used cigarette butts on the ground as littering - (an honest example) - my friend was picking up litter at a car park (he hates seeing rubbish on the ground); after he put that rubbish in the bin, he finished his cigarette and threw his used cigarette butt on the ground and jumped into the car - honest to god that's what happened.

Cars also no longer have ashtrays.  What are you to do with your butt?  Personally I roll out the cherry out the window and place the filter in a plastic bag.  That is a huge hassle to some people, but seems to be the most reasonable thing to do if you are not driving a car from the 1980's or before.


I used to walk and smoke; I carried an old Altoids tin with me for an ashtray and emptied it out in a trashcan or other when the embers were cold..
 
2014-08-10 09:50:00 PM  
In these parts, BP sponsors a clean-up period in the spring.  I'm always disgusted by the stacks and stacks I see of bright yellow or green industrial sized garbage bags on every street and back road.  It's more effort to throw something out of your car than to keep it in and covering a load on the way to the garbage dump takes a few seconds.  I don't see how we, as a species, ever managed to build computers, but I do see how we started and were able to manipulate fire so easily.
 
2014-08-10 09:50:29 PM  

Tonyboy: I have often wondered how far one would have to walk along a roadside to gather all of the parts to assemble a working automobile.


Negatory on the cost of this mow-chine there Red Ryder. You might say I went right up to the ditch and picked it up, it's cheaper that way.
 
2014-08-10 09:50:33 PM  

gfid: It's sad that people just throw litter everywhere, especially in parks.  I like to hike and I usually bring a grocery bag if for nothing else for me to pack my own trash out, but if I see other people's trash I'll usually pick that up too if for no other reason than I won't see it the next time I'm there.


Not to turn this into a Yank-bashing thread, but Canadians have noticed this about Americans.  It's a bit of a cliche where I live that American tourists litter a lot.  My wife and I vacationed in So Cal and we noticed a lot more garbage lying around than at home too.

/last weekend I was driving in Banff National Park behind a car with Montana plates.  They actually threw garbage out of the window of their moving car.  In a national park.  You just don't DO that, for fark's sake.  I'm 41 and that's literally (ha!) the second time I've seen that in my lifetime.
 
2014-08-10 09:51:40 PM  
Not too long ago, if you had anything to throw out, you just left it by the curb on trash day and it was gone forever.

Nowadays it's a huge hassle if you need to throw something out.  You have to buy 'tags' for anything more than two garbage bags to be picked up; the dump charges you 20 bucks to tip there (and the opening hours are not very convenient a la Alice's Restaurant), you need to practically gift-wrap your waste before the picky trash guys will take it.

If you have anything like a stove or fridge to toss, you need to call the city help desk and open a ticket for them to come and get it   (2-3 weeks later!)

There seems to be a lot more "midnight dumping" on the rural roads around here now because of this. Stoves, fridges, tires, bicycles, demolition debris and bags of garbage...  People just don't have the patience for this kind of crap - Oh yes, the seat warmers at City hall keep raising the fine for illegal dumping and making even more rules but it doesn't help because the odds that "Officer Obie" will catch a dumper in the act are remote.

You reap what you sow, local yokel politicians.
 
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