Today, I witnessed something that made me very angry. I was stopped at a stoplight on Denny Way when a car ahead of me opened their passenger door and set a soda can on the road. The light turned green and they proceeded to drive off. Seriously? I still can’t believe I saw it. It’s bad enough they didn’t recycle the can; but to just litter it in broad daylight. Have they no shame? I hope they slice their finger off the next time they open a pop can.
Since I’m on the topic of littering, I’d like to bring up another pet peeve of mine. It is not ok to throw your cigarette butts on the ground; you are littering. Please stop doing it. Every year, an estimated 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are littered wordwide. Not only is it visually unappealing, it’s also very toxic. The cigarette butts are washed into the storm drains and into our water system where they quickly release their Arsenic, Acetone, Lead, Formaldehyde, Toluene, Butane, Cadmium, Ammonia and Benzene. This is the same water we drink. The same water that our fish and marine life live in. And the same water that your kids swim in at the beach. Stop being lazy, trashy and irresponsible and find a garbage can.