Letter to the Editor: "Trash Collected Along Fulton Beach Road"

by Chuck McMurtrey
Fulton, Texas

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"One thing my wife and I noticed when we first moved to Fulton, Texas was the beautiful bays and outstanding wildlife. The next thing we notice was the amount of trash. We live very near the waters edge where I run two miles a day during the week. One question that was always on my mind was just how much trash is there?

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Being the anal retentive person I sometimes am, I decided to collect trash on my runs with old Walmart bags, and keep track of the weight. Sounds like fun, huh? Well, a year is up and I can draw a few conclusions.

Question: The largest type of trash?
Answer: Plastic bottles followed by beer cans.

Question: How many Walmart bags did I use?
Answer: Just over 100.

Question: What was the oddest thing I found?
Answer: A wild pigs head. (I left it in the ocean)

Question: Did I ever contract an illness from collecting?
Answer: Nope, but I guess it is possible.

Question: Did I ever see someone drop trash?
Answer: Only once and it was an uncovered trash collection truck. Oh the irony!

Question: Did I ever receive compensation?
Answer: I did get cash for recycling the cans, and a "Thanks" from the Mayor of Fulton.

Question: What did I do with the trash from collection?
Answer: I dropped it in my own home trash and then to the Transfer Station.

Question: Ok, get on with it. How much did you collect?
Answer: Just over 400 pounds over the same two mile stretch.

I did meet several people that gave me thanks along the way, and I'm very happy that I did this little experiment. Just think if each one of us took those "useless" plastic bags and collect trash on our walks or bicycling, or running, just how much prettier Fulton and Rockport would be!

Please sign up for a bill to be introduced in 2013 to add a $.05 deposit on all beverage containers below."


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