While people are told not to litter, a lot of people still end up doing it. Still, there are people who are good Samaritans who pick up trash and put it in a trashcan. But how much trash would add up if it were collected over the course of a week? While the end product probably would not even make a dent in amount of trash in Columbia, it is still a large enough amount.
This is the amount of trash picked up during the week, which could have been recycled. There are aluminum cans, plastic bottles and cups, glass bottles, magazine paper, paper handouts and batteries.
Wednesday brought a Ron Paul flier and a lot of the stuff came from a park near downtown.
The straws were collected from one spot by downtown.
This is the day that a sock was found in front of Domino’s parking lot. Also found was a used glow stick and the package of a different glow stick.
Monday was another slow day for trash, but walking through campus produced most of this trash. The stuff featured definitely looks like things college students would throwaway, water bottles, wrappers, cigarettes and an ad sheet.
The Four Loko was a very interesting found item.
Sunday was probably the worst day to collect trash since it rained on and off during that day. So everything that was picked up was wet and kind of stinky.
The glove was found on Saturday and was just one of many clothing items found, although not all were collected. There is also a sock featured in the pictures.
Saturday’s trash collection included some from campus and a lot was collected while walking to the recycling bins in downtown Columbia.
The majority of the trash is a continuation from Thursday, which filled up two plastic bags. Friday only had some bottles and a few other items of trash.
The tracheostomy tubeholder was found while walking through downtown Columbia on Thursday. It has to be one of the more unique items out of the week’s collection.
The trash picked up on Thursday came from walking to three different classes and a trip to the Columbia Public Library. The walk to the library was where most of the trash came from.
The cigarettes here are only a small portion that were littered around campus. To actually pick up all the cigarettes on campus would be a disgusting and difficult task.
Wednesday was the first day of the project and it started in the late afternoon, so there is less trash to be picked up.
In the end the amount of trash that was collected over a week was about on medium size trash bag’s worth. And the amount that was recycled filled up two plastic shopping bags. If you want to learn more about recycling and waste at Mizzou, then look at the
Solid Waste Management and Recycling webpage and also the Sustainability Office’s Recycling webpage.