Just picking up one piece of trash per day could make a difference.

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I stumbled upon LitterProject.org.  It’s another organization set up to inspire people to Pick Up Trash.

LitterProject asks the question, “What if 100,000 people each picked up one piece of litter per day?”

My guess is that a lot of trash would end up where it belongs instead of polluting our water and beautiful outdoors.

My daughter Eloise and I Pick Up Trash every chance we get, but we’d like to honor our friends at LitterProject, for their effort in getting others to do the same.

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A Few More PUTs Lately, 2/9/2015

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Eloise and I took a walk in our neighborhood and got a bag full of junk into the garbage can where it belongs:

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We picked up a lot of trash in a little commercial village called Westover that is just a couple blocks from our house.  We saw neighbors and people we knew.  It’s great to be observed doing this activity, since folks see that THEY can Pick Up Trash, too!  We got many compliments on our efforts.  We got two identical comments from different people who said, “Everybody should do that!”  YES!!  Everybody should Pick Up Trash.  It’s not difficult, just Pick Up Trash and put it where it belongs.  Though it would, of course be best if nobody littered in the first place (and one must account for accidents and spills that can’t be helped), but Pick Up Trash and you’ve done a service to your community.

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This was picked up out of the gutters by a school I visit with Sing Books.  People seem to think it is OK to chuck junk out of their cars and just leave it there to fester on the street.  Folks should take responsibility for their own waste and put it where it belongs in the recycle or a designated trash receptacle.

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This little load of garbage was picked up from a long a curb in one single block that leads directly to the Westover shopping area in Arlington, VA.
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Some PUTs Lately

We’ve not written posts lately, but we have been practicing PUT and hope you have, too!

Keep up the good PUT!

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This was picked up near a school.  Should there be beer cans near cars near a school?  Worries me.

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This is an overlaoded garbage bin near field by my daughter’s school, the morning after soccer practices.  If people can’t fit thier garbage in the bin, they should take it with them and dispose of it at home or in another bin somewhere else that has room. As citizens of a community, people should take responsibility for their own waste.

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We can’t take pix every time we Pick Up Trash (that others should not have littered in the first place), but above are a couple recent pictures of our PUT practices.  This is not to toot our horns, but to shed light on this problem that does not need to be a problem, except for the unthinking, disrespectful and lazy behavior of those who think it is OK to litter.

We ask that people accept responsibility for themselves, their behavior, their waste and the environment.  Leaving garage behind is not acceptable.  Littering is irresponsible.  Leaving garbage behind is disrespectful to others in the community.  Littering defiles the world we live in.

Come on people!  Shape Up!  Step Up!  Be Responsible! Do the Right Thing!  Live by the Golden Rule!

I try to live by the “religion” of acting and behaving in a way that is simultaneously smart and good.  I (though I’m not perfect) want my actions to pass the test of being simultaneously smart and good. I must do the smart thing and that smart thing must also be a good choice.  Not littering in the first place is the Smartest and Best choice.  But since there will be those (and there are many) who are happy to just toss their waste without properly disposing of it, we good and smart people should Pick It Up and keep the message alive that it is the right thing to do to dispose of waste in the recycle or a designated trash receptacle.

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Mother Earth Will Make You Strong If You Give Her Love and Care

Inch by Inch (the Garden Song) by David Mallett is a beautiful, engaging song that is one of my favorites in the Sing Books repertoire.

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Inch by Inch (the Garden Song)
Words and Music by David Mallett
Illustrated by Ora Eitan

I’ve sung this songs hundreds of times, but  was singing it with a group of children yesterday when one of the lyrics popped out at me as a special message regarding Project PUT:

Mother Earth will make you strong if you give her love and care.

Our health and well being depends on the health and well being that we nurture in our earth.  What could be more important?  What do riches matter if we are sick and unhappy?

John Denver sings the lyric at about 1:35 seconds into this video of his Muppet Show performance:

(Season 4, Episode 1 of the Muppet Show)

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More info about the song, here:
INCH BY INCH (THE GARDEN SONG), A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/20/inch-by-inch-the-garden-song-a-singable-book/

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A Brother in PUT Arms (Seen 9:40am, 9/30/2014), but he just doesn’t know it…

This morning, driving North on Ohio Street in Arlington, VA, crossing the bridge over 66, I spied a man (trim and fit, maybe late 50’s), heading South, with a walking stick in one hand and two big plastic shopping sacks filled with garbage.  As I passed him, he crouched to pick up a flattened plastic water bottle that was sitting right next to the curb.  Incidentally, we feel that it is critical to pick up these sorts of littered items because items sitting right next curbs will be quickly sent to the water sewers and out to the ailing Chesapeake Bay as soon as the next rain, so it is very important to recover these items before the rain carries them away, which was exactly what this Brother in PUT Arms was doing when I saw him.  I wanted so badly to stop the car, talk to him, and thank him for his service (this is service no less than any other service is service).  But there was a car following closely behind me (which is also something that just drives me nuts) and I thought, too, that freaking him out like that might not be nice.

So I’ll send my thank you to the Universe:  Thank you dear man who was walking South on Ohio this morning at 9:40, picking up garbage and making this world just a little bit better.  Blessings to you!  Stay safe and well and keep up the good work!

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Email to Arlington County Virginia Environmental Services

This is an email I wrote to Arlington County Environmental Services about our Project PUT Expedition this morning and about the Project PUT effort and philosophy.

We’ll see if we get a response.

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Email, 9/21/2014

Dear Arlington County,
swbcustserv@arlingtonva.us

My daughter Eloise (a 5th grader at Tuckahoe Elementary School) wanted to create a movement to eliminate litter from our environment. The reality is that litter degrades our community and there is zero excuse for it. Litter cannot be justified.

Eloise created,
Project PUT: Pick Up Trash (and put it where it belongs in the recycle or designated trash receptacle)
We get out in the neighborhoods with our PUT Packs and pick up trash.

Since Arlington County does an excellent job of putting trash receptacles in public places and provides ample opportunities to recycle (collection centers and home pick up in the excellent blue bins), we believe littering is an inexcusable social and environmental offence. There is no reason why people cannot properly dispose of their waste, even if they have to keep it with them to dispose of the waste at home.

We think it would be helpful is Arlington County took a stance on this and posted NO LITTERING signs to remind people that a clean beautiful community environment should be a priority for everyone who lives here.

We write a blog about some of our PUT Expeditions and about our thinking on the subject.
Project PUT: Pick Up Trash (and put it where it belongs in the recycle or a designated trash receptacle)
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For example, we have written:
PROJECT PUT LITTER REFORMATION ACT
https://projectput.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/project-put-litter-reformation-act/

Just today, Eloise and I went on a PUT Expedition in our Westover neighborhood and collected a full bag of littered garbage (most of it would have been easy to recycle) in less than 30 minutes:
https://projectput.wordpress.com/2014/09/21/put-expedition-around-our-westover-neighborhood-in-arlington-va-9212014/

We hope that with our efforts to clean up what we can and a public effort to inspire people to avoid littering to begin with, we can make our community even more prosperous and beautiful.

Thank you,
Emily Gleichenhaus (Arlington, VA)

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PUT Expedition Around our Westover Neighborhood in Arlington, VA, 9/21/2014

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Eloise and I weren’t out much more than 30 minutes, but we captured good size PUT haul in that small amount of time.  The biggest source of irresponsibly disposed of waste was the baseball diamond behind the Westover Library.  There we predictably found many water bottles and Gatorade bottles that folks left on the benches or had thrown on the ground around the benches.  These containers are really easy to just take back home and put in the recycle bin.  It’s not that complicated or burdensome to do so.  The trash can behind home plate was full, but again, the irresponsible litterbugs very easily could have put the garbage in a bag or just in the trunk of their cars and responsibly disposed of their waste in their waste bins at home.  Instead, these irresponsible litterbugs chose to throw garbage in the vicinity of the can.  Be a good citizen and take it home!!

We also found a large glass liqueur bottle broken in pieces, lying in the grass.  Children run in the grass there, playing all kinds of sports, and this broken glass could have badly injured someone who ran on it or fell on it.

Dear Citizens:  TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR WASTE.  It is irresponsible, selfish, lazy and unkind to neighbors and the environment to improperly dispose of waste you created.

Here are a couple ideas for how to be responsible for your own waste:

  • Recycle paper, plastic, metal cans and glass.
  • Throw trash in a designated receptacle.  If that receptacle is full, find another one.  If you can’t find another one, keep your waste with you until you arrive home.

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