Think before you take trash
About 60 percent of the trash found on the streets in the San Francisco Bay area is fast-food and convenience store items. That’s unnecessary. But instead of worrying about preventing litter, what if we just don’t take trash in the first place?
I’ve always thought that litter problems require “upstream” solutions, i.e., production and consumption that starts with the least amount of inorganic waste byproduct. Often if feels like the only action we can take is “downstream,” by picking up waste after it has become litter. Learn to choose fewer convenience items, including not just junk food but those popular 100 calorie snack packs, and we can move more of the solution back up stream.