Walking down a street in Elkins, West Virginia recently, I saw a woman pick up a piece of litter and commented how clean Elkins was. “We have been trying to ‘beautify’ the town” she replied.
It seems many cultures, especially poverty stricken ones, are comfortable tossing trash onto the ground. In recent years, I was disturbed to see the litter in Cologne and Amsterdam, probably caused by the influx of immigrants to Germany and the Netherlands. First Americans, who boast of their veneration of Mother Earth, seem not to see the litter on their reservations.
Last week I described the murals in “the most interesting town,” Lake Placid, Florida. You must understand in a place where people take such extreme pride in the town’s appearance, they wouldn’t want litter — and they wouldn’t want ordinary trash cans. So without saying more, here are some photos of trash cans, a bench and a bicycle rack: click on the photos to enlarge.