Take your trash with you! 


I sat having a bit of coffee
before starting my shift.
The mornings have been cold,
and my body takes a while
to warm up sometimes.

As I surveyed the parking lot
from my elevated,
semi-panoramic view,
I observed the store’s courtesy clerk
doing a part of his morning routine —
gathering trash from all the trash cans
in the enormous parking lot.

When I lived in New York,
there were some neighborhoods
with a trash can on every corner,
and some neighborhoods
with none at all.
I often wondered why?

In my travels
to different parts of New York
some Mass Transit sations
had trash receptacles
and some did not.

Some transit systems
in other states
even forbid eating
while commuting.

If you ‘must’ eat,
all ‘containers’
must be resealable —
one can be fined otherwise!

At first I was baffled
by the strictness of the laws
in these places. But now,
as I think back,
the cleanliness
was refreshingly surprising.

New York is a busy place —
very crowded!
So with that comes the messiness.
Trash cans are often overflowing,
litter is everywhere
and so are the rodents.
Perhaps the idea
to ‘take your trash with you’
isn’t such a bad plan after all.

Don’t get me wrong,
sometimes stuff happens
and having a trash receptacle
close by can be a life-saver.
But in the grand scheme of things,
the domino effect of trash,
rodents, bugs etc.
is far more damaging
than the temporary inconvenience
of having no trash receptacle
when one is needed.

I also understand
that collecting trash
has become a huge
income-earning facet
of our society
and eliminating the need
to collect waste
will in turn
take away someone’s job.

But the trash we create
is slowly taking up more space
in landfills and in turn
polluting the earth.
One can even say
we are ‘trashing ourselves to death’!

How then do we find balance
between general consumption
and the waste we create?
One solution is to make products
that are easily biodegradable.
Manufacturers have already begun
to make changes in this direction
but we still have a ways to go.

So my question is this,
what’s your stance
on the whole concept
of ‘taking your trash with you’?
Is this eventually going to become the ‘norm’?
Or is this something that will be met with much resistance?
I would love to hear your thoughts…

Image source: Google images
Contents compiled: March 23 2018
Originally published: April 18 2018
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