Trash cans and a bicycle rack: Lake Placid, Florida

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.


About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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8 Responses to Trash cans and a bicycle rack: Lake Placid, Florida

  1. Pit says:

    Thanks for the pictures and the article. 🙂 It’s nice to see which ideas people/communities have to give people incentives to keep their places clean and tidy. I love these here.
    But I beg to disagree with your views that littering is germaine to some cultures, especially poverty-stricken ones. Let me give an example: to me, after a long-haul flight, the first-class section of a plane always looks like a trash-dump. Way more litter on the floor than in, e.g., economy. I also can’t recognize much of a difference in the people I actually see littering.
    To my mind, littering is – unfortunately – a human characteristic. According to an evolutionary biologist I once talked to, littering is a sign that humans are descendants of tree-dwellers: these throw everything they don’t need any more down from their perches in the trees, and then – out of sight, out of mind.
    Have a wonderful weekend,


    • ralietravels says:

      You may be right but Cologne in 1967 was spotless. And once I was on a plane to Rome where one section of the plane was totally occupied by a tour group from a culture to be nameless; when the plane landed there were scraps here and there, but the tour group section was a disaster.

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      • Pit says:

        I think you may be right about Cologne in the late 1960 and now. I I rememebr my time as a universit scholar in Cologne at that time correctly, it was indeed way tidier than it is nowadays. And as to the tour group on the plane: I could very well imagine that, with some tour groups, they are not only littering planes.
        Part of this behaviour certainly is a “culture thing”.

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  2. N N says:

    So cool!

    Sent from my iPhone


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  3. Mary says:

    I love this article!


  4. Keith & Loraine Beckman says:

    Beautiful trash cans. Maybe something like this in other cities would encourage people to use them instead of littering. Thanks for the gorgeous pictures.

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  5. Love the trash can with the bear peeking out of it. Most people will do what comes easiest to them or what they consider to be a priority. Overpopulated and poverty-stricken neighborhoods not only lack access to proper disposal and recycling facilities but lack other necessities: running water, electricity, adequate housing, fresh cost-effective food. These tend to take precedence over “beautifying” the town, although I came upon this story of a person trying to do more:

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