I just witnessed a heartwarming moment on Rt 1 in Portsmouth, NH. I saw a pair of outstanding individuals picking up litter and doing their part to keep our planet clean. I had to stop and thank them for their efforts! I introduced them to LitterPic.com, where they can share their adventures and inspire others to join the cause. They were thrilled to hear about it, and I'm excited to work with them to form litter-picking groups around the Portsmouth area. Let's make our planet a better place, one piece of litter at a time!
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Thank you Alek, for acknowledging our efforts. My wife and I, longtime seacoast NH residents, have become increasingly disturbed with the persistent and increasing amounts of litter blowing up and down Rt. One in Portsmouth. For over 5 years we have adopted the corner of Lafayette Rd. and Elwyn Rd and the woods of the Urban Forestry Center. Our first pick overflowed my pickup truck. Now when weather allows, we head out every Sunday to keep up with it. Our frustration doesn't stop us, but what confounds us is the lack of litter control by the businesses along Route One. Market Basket, Cumberland Farms, Wal-Mart, MacDonalds all can't control their litter.
It doesn't help that ignorant people still toss cans and cups, butts and cigarette packs and wrappers, masks and gloves, losing lottery tickets, receipts, wipes etc. out the car windows, as if our planet is their personal trash can. It's needless, selfish and hateful behavior. Not deterred, we will continue to do our little part and hope community support will help reduce the amount of litter generated and ignored. Litter is ugly, is avoidable, and if left will accumulate and unfortunately, ultimately end up in our estuaries and the ocean. Businesses need to get on board with the mission to eliminate their self-generated waste from our ecosystem.
Not to get preachy (it doesn't work), while picking up litter, I get a great workout. Maybe those people who frequent the local gyms could trade one day a week at the gym for a healthy satisfying walk, stooping and picking up their own Adopt-A-Spot... It is rewarding looking back at a litter free roadside.