By Montana Grant

Posted: March 25, 2021

More people mean more trash. Sadly, not everyone takes care of their own trash. We have all seen the impact of trash dumped along our roads, trails, waterways, and open spaces. None of it is good. It takes decades for many types of trash to be reclaimed or degrade.

The other day, I went for a walk. My legs have been sore and lazy, so it was time to hit the trail. On the way out the door, I grabbed several plastic grocery bags. My hike was along a remote dirt road near my home.

Aluminum cans were in abundance. Their age said that this road had not been cleaned in a long while. The most popular cans were Tall Boy beers. Hard Iced Tea were also in abundance. Most of the cans were flattened, which means that a vehicle road over them, but did not pick them up. There were some nonalcoholic cans, but most were similar brand booze containers. Someone routinely tosses them out, so they do not have empties in their trucks or cars.

Along the way I also found a hat full of hardware, metal and PVC pipe, chains, and other reusable stuff. As I filled several bags with smashed aluminum, I hung them along the fences, to retrieve later. A neighborhood truck stopped by to say Thanks for cleaning up his road.

Example is a great teacher. When other people see you doing it right, it makes them think. Its easy to toss a can out the window, or let trash stay where you see it. As a Scout and Scoutmaster, I was taught to “Leave a Campsite Better Than You Found it!” What a good lesson to learn, display, and share.

It is amazing what you find in the ditches. With no new grass, now is the time to discover. The aluminum can be sold at the recycle center. Heck, it can help pay for your hunting and fishing licenses. At the very least, it can be recycled.

No one wants to head outdoors to see trash or garbage. We must all do our part to keep our environs healthy.

Be the best Steward you can be!

Montana Grant

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