This month at O+U, we’re discussing things that irritate, anger, and otherwise enrage us.  If you know me at all, you know I’m a pretty laid back person.  I try hard to embrace the motto “live and let live.”  That said, if there’s one thing that absolutely infuriates me….it’s littering.  I go beserk over littering.  I stop.  I swear.  I swear some more.  I pick it up and throw it away.  Because generally that’s the rub….the trash can is 20ft away.  Are you f&*#ing kidding me?  Walk the 20ft and toss it in the trash/recycle can!!  How hard is that?!!

No one wants to pick up your greasy hamburger wrapper.  I promise.  No one.  Not even your mother.

Those individuals that go hiking and bring along the Snickers Bar and the can of Diet Coke?  Why leave it in a crumpled mess along the trail?  You need your sugar/caffeine intake?  That’s cool…no judging here.  Why leave it though?  If you can pack it in, you can damn well pack it out.  It actually weighs less than when you started your hike!  You just ate a Snickers!!  You have the energy!!  Toss it in your backpack and carry it out!  How hard is that?!  It’s not.  What offends me the most is the sheer and utter lack of respect it shows.  That makes my heart hurt.  And then it makes me furious!  Do you part.  Show a little respect.

What about you?  What gets your blood boiling?




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  1. September 11, 2012

    Littering sucks. In the country where I live, it is an everyday thing to see trash jettison out of the windows of the car in front of you on the road, or to see a kid drink from a can or a bottle, finish it, wipe his mouth, and just toss the can on the ground as if there was nothing wrong with that. It makes me angry and sad every time. Woodsy Owl – where are you?

  2. TheBlackTwig #
    September 11, 2012

    I share your sentiment. In one country where I lived in, there are actually trash chutes installed for each flat and there were times when some people would leave their trash bags near the elevator. I don’t understand why they have to leave it there. If they are unaware of the chutes, there are trash bins located at the ground floor of the building and still some of them can’t just exert a little effort to bring it along with them when they go down.
    On a different note, I really like the photographs you included in this post.

  3. September 11, 2012

    littering in “nature” is an offense.
    even missing the trash can, leaving the wrapper or container lay there….SHEESH.
    [it even bugs me that in a building, paper towel and tissue bits lay on the floor when the offender misses hitting the trash can.]

  4. lifeineden #
    September 11, 2012

    Yup, really hate this one too. This summer we were in Baltimore and this guy purposefully let his Subway wrapper go and just blow onto the street. I’m not usually one to speak out but it made me so MAD! I told him, “hey, your wrapper just fell, why don’t you pick it up?” And he just smirked at me and kept walking! I just don’t get that!

  5. September 11, 2012

    That gets my goat as well! However, the light in the water bottle shot is awesome. You made art out of trash.

  6. jessica #
    September 11, 2012

    yes! this is a big one for me. so much so that it has rubbed off on the kids. i have cringed watching henry pick up some disgusting trash, yet at the same time my heart swelled because he noticed and made the effort to pick up after someone else. now, if only i could get him to pick up his toys . . .

    for being so trashy, you shot these beautifully. i really like the simplicity of each shot.

  7. September 12, 2012

    I’m so with you but how do the heck do you manage to make even litter look good in your photos? You need to do something with this series. It’s fantastic.

  8. September 20, 2012

    i agree with you totally and i love that you posted this! litter is obnoxious!

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