Clean the Roads

Clean the Roads

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Route 62 through the Karoo
photo credit: DanieVDM

Editors Note:   This article is originally published at the Green Mom’s Community by Lena at Over Coffee the Green Edition.

My son’s school adopted a half mile section of road via the Adopt-A-Road program and asked for volunteers to help clean it up. I was very excited about partaking in this worthy program so I immediately signed up. This past weekend I bundled up, grabbed some work gloves, a travel mug of hot coffee, and headed out into the fresh clean air to pick up debris on the side of the road (what better way to spend a Sunday morning). There were 7 of us who spent 3 hours beautifying our half mile stretch of roadway. I have to say, it was a very positive, fulfilling, and eye-opening experience for me.

We picked up everything from plastic cups to tires, from a soccer ball to plastic bags, from syringes to cigarette butts. I have to admit, these last two items really surprised me.

We were in a part of town that many would consider “good” yet we still found 2 syringes. I guess this just goes to show you that, in this day and age, there really are no “good” parts of town.

Within the first few steps I was amazed by the number of cigarette butts that we were picking up so I decided to start counting them. In half a mile stretch I alone picked up 1149 cigarette butts! Remember, there were 6 other people picking them up too. I found this to be very disturbing. It meant that over 1000 times a smoker drove by this small stretch of road and flicked their cigarette butt (undoubtedly still lite) out their window apparently thinking that the side-of-the-road was their personal ashtray. Unbelievable!

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Hi, I’m Sommer (@greenmom) and I’ve been calling this my blogging home for 9 years. I’m a juggler of life, a protective mama bear and I enjoy travel, wine, sunshine and good books. I’m passionate about inspiring others to live a little healthier and greener each day. I’m many things but above all I’m a believer in karma and the good in people. I’m a children’s book author, public speaker and consultant. My full-time gig is working as a Marketing Manager for and helping to encourage everyone to eat healthier. Check out my about me page for more details.


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  • hi Sommer,
    Your picture make me want to go on a road trip!
    Regarding the cigarette butts, they must have come from “butt heads.” Have people never heard of forest fires??? Especially here in California?
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