So today was Green Up Day at my school for the elementary.
But, you folks probably don't know about this mystical day, now do you?
So basically, there's one major highway in Vermont, I-89, and when it was constructed in 60's/70's (I'm not really sure when...) it brought in an influx of traffic, development, etc. However, accompanied with the new cars was litter. So the state legislature was like, HEY WHOA! Get your litter out of here. But it's not exactly easy to find people littering... So they started this state wide project called "Green Up Day" (paid for by 10% state taxes, and 90% fund raising), where volunteers go out into the roads, streets and highways of Vermont and "green up", or in other words, pick the litter up.
Anyway, so I had a group of kiddos with me to go out and green up Vermont. And holy fuck, the largest supply of litter we found was bottles of alcohol, specifically that of beer. We found Bud Light, Budweiser, Coors Light, Magic hat, Long trail, amongst others. Oh, and we also found an entire trash bag, dumped on the middle of the road. Awesome, right?
But, when I got home, I wikipediad "Green Up Day", and I found out that Vermont was the only state that did this, and I was honestly shocked, disgusted and appalled. Do people from other states just not care about litter or their aesthetic environment like Vermonters do? I've just been so entrenched in Vermont culture that I never realized this holiday was unique to us.
But now that I've found out that Vermont is the only state to do this, I feel like other states should follow suite. Except for Rhode Island, Arizona and a few other states, where recycling isn't so fashionable.