Sunday, January 23, 2011

Community service: Cleaning up the county road

It's funny, but every time that they raise the rates at the local landfill there's an increase in the amount of stuff that gets dumped near my farm.  Today I put together a crew of 4 people and we cleaned up quite a bit of trash and metal scraps that had gotten dumped on the side of the road.  If you leave the trash there it attracts more trash. 
Metal pile, heading to be recycled. 

One of the folks on the island took a small camper trailer, filled it with trash, and the parked it across the street from my farm.  Lovely.  Eventually it attracted scavengers, who did a pretty good job of taking it apart and picking out all of the metal, but it left a whole pile of plastic and fiberglass and stuff.  The picture below is Andrea and Blake, the son of an acquaintance i hired for the day (it's tough getting work when you're 16; and a day of cleanup is a double win) tossing stuff into the trailer. 

Some of the stuff that we're picking up has been there for a very long time.  Here's a big suspension spring that I found.  It's probably 20" long.  it's about time that it got recycled.   It's probably 50 years old. 

1 comment:

Lee said...

Sounds like Washington has Oregon's policy on garbage: keep raising the rates and somebody else will deal with it. Every third country property is a cesspool of trash that should have been disposed of years ago.