April 21, 2006


The third annual 20-Minute Toronto Makeover takes place this afternoon. At 2:00, Mayor David Miller and teams of volunteers will hit the streets to clean up what has become an unsightly problem in our city: litter.

As I walked to the bus stop this morning I watched an older fellow picking up garbage. It appeared to be a struggle for him each time he bent over, but he slowly persisted until he had cleared a long stretch of grass beside the sidewalk. I don't know if he owned the property or if he was simply being a good Samaritan, but I gave him a big smile for his efforts. (He probably would have preferred it if I had given him some assistance.)

It is beyond me why ignoramuses toss their trash on the ground when there are so many trash cans and recycling bins available.


Orange Blossom Goddess (aka Heather) said...

I carry my trash with me since it seems that the thousands of cans I do pass are already overflowing. I REFUSE to throw my garbage on the ground (I do spit out my gum into the gutter though...its biodegradable right?)

Calamity Jen said...

I, too, carry my garbage and recyclables with me if I can't find a suitable receptacle.

As for gum, it turns into those slightly raised black spots you see all over the sidewalk. Apparently it's a real pain to clean up. I usually keep my wrapper (if there is one) and wrap my used gum up before tossing it in the garbage.

Katyola said...

Why just 20 minutes? This reminds me of my mom's 5-minute straighten-up before she goes to bed. I guess there is something to it, as her house is cleaner than mine. Fun blog -- and thanks for visiting mine.

Calamity Jen said...

Hi Katy.

You're right -- 20 minutes can't quite cut it. Toronto used to be so clean, and now it's filthy. Sometimes I wish I were a big and imposing figure so that I could confront litterbugs. And racists. And bullies. And homophobes. And people who talk too bloody loud on their cell phones while on public transit.