Monday, February 6, 2012

Terrestrial Trash Patrol Along Knox Trail

The town of Acton doesn't have very much shoreline along the Assabet River, perhaps a mile or less.  One of the easier Acton sections to access and walk along is where the roadway called Knox Trail runs hard by the river's west bank from where it intersects with Powdermill Road (Rt. 62).  Mrs. Trashpaddler and I walked that section this afternoon and quickly filled 2 small plastic bags with road/riverside litter.  It looked as though most of the litter landed here after exiting the windows of a passing vehicles.  It may be hard to believe but some folks still see tossing trash out the window as a viable disposal option when they're done slurping!
Oddly enough, the composition of the trash is remarkably similar to what is often found in the rivers...
There were 20 recyclable containers (8 redeemable) and 28 pieces of miscellaneous rubbish such as styrofoam, plastic bags, and the ever present nip bottles.  YTD = 630  

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