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I tuck a few plastic grocery bags in my pocket when I go for a walk. Along the way I pick up any litter I see along the road and drop it off at the trash cans at the local beach. I not only get lots of exercise, but I am enjoying nature a lot more. Bring a glove to protect your hands!

- Submitted by GAILRUU 8/1/2010 in Exercise | 54 Comments
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GINGERVISTA 3/16/2012 8:12:00 AM

    When I lived out in the country in TX, I'd take a couple trash bags, fill it as I walked, then tied it up & left it on the side of the road. Then when I got home, I'd get in my car, round them up & dump them in my trash. Talk about FEELING GOOD! emoticon
I always WONDERED if other people besides me did that! Good job! emoticon
TURTLETRACK 6/8/2012 8:39:00 PM

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HYATTI1 12/19/2014 12:55:00 PM

    Good for you.
AMBER461 12/17/2014 6:31:00 PM

    That is very good, thanks for sharing.
AMBER461 12/16/2014 9:51:00 PM

    Very good job, thanks for sharing.
AMBER461 12/16/2014 9:48:00 PM

    Very good job, thanks for sharing.
BARBVB 12/16/2014 9:10:00 AM

    When my nieces were little (35 to 40 years ago), my Mom would always have us pick up trash, and clean up any broken bottles along the sidewalk when we walked around our 1-mile block, so it was not only cleaner, but safer for the other older kids. We would put our bags of trash in their strollers.
BANNERMAN 12/15/2014 2:22:00 AM

    Good Job. Thanks for sharing.
SCOTTYDOG76 12/14/2014 9:45:00 PM

    If everyone was so aware of the litter and would follow your hint, what a wonderful, clean area we would live in. While it is difficult to get most people to even pick up after their pets, it is really disgusting to see empty water bottles and soda cans all over the place. Keep up the good work, I greatly admire your idea.
DELLMEL 12/14/2014 5:12:00 PM

FLPALM 12/14/2014 2:59:00 PM

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DONNELDA22 12/14/2014 12:16:00 PM

    Great idea! emoticon emoticon
PATRICIA-CR 12/14/2014 9:13:00 AM

    I do it too in the mountain where I live!! It's an excellent exercise (like sit-ups) and you're contributing to the wellness of the environment. emoticon
FUZZIEBEAR3 12/14/2014 8:33:00 AM

    I hate seeing trash on the trail, and almost always try to pick it up, even if I don't have a bag (but often I do have a bag.) A few times a year, I actually work with a group at some of our parks and have a clean-up day. emoticon emoticon
VAINVT 12/14/2014 8:25:00 AM

    What a great idea. Will try it.
MARGOH12 12/14/2014 7:21:00 AM

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HYATTI1 6/10/2012 8:32:00 AM

CHERYLSBUTT 6/9/2012 4:17:00 PM

    I have thought about this many times, I love that you put the idea in action. I often wonder who those people are who throw trash on the ground .
J2740LOU 6/9/2012 9:45:00 AM

    Good Tip! I especially like those long plastic bags the newspaper comes in. I can just slide my whole arm into in and easily clean up what I find without an accidental touch by my hand.
LAURAKOHORST 6/9/2012 3:13:00 AM

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FITWITHIN 6/8/2012 9:41:00 PM

    I do this in my neighborhood.
LOVEBIRD48 6/8/2012 6:12:00 PM

    I've been doing this for several years. I get some rude comments and quite a few thank yous from people who like to see the world a little neater.
TUBLADY 6/8/2012 5:51:00 PM

    I take a couple of extra bags with me everyday Titan & I take our mile or more walk.
We are on day 161 so far, trying to keep the streak going as long as we can.
I always come back with some paper trash. Some days I find cans or bottles, since Oregon has a recycle law, I make a little money too.
JUST4ME71 6/8/2012 3:42:00 PM

    Very Nice! Will join in the clean-up.
SUCCESS68 6/8/2012 2:19:00 PM

    Great Idea!! Just be careful there are a lot more sharp objects that people throw away. This idea does help the environment.
DEARTOMYHEART 6/8/2012 1:52:00 PM

LDYFXSTS 6/8/2012 1:33:00 PM

    I'm sooo glad to see that there are other people that are out there picking up trash, I pick up trash too, makes me upset when I see trash on my regular little area I walk /hike! emoticon
SEAWAVE 6/8/2012 10:37:00 AM

    I remember when I was a small girl (about 40 years ago now!), my dad had a broomstick with a nail on the end and would pick up litter while we walked and talked. Still do it today (without the broomstick -- I really need to set myself up with one!)
DOBSONSM 6/8/2012 10:27:00 AM

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DAYSPRING-STAR 6/8/2012 8:51:00 AM

    Awesome idea. I will start doing this also.
INGMARIE 6/8/2012 8:37:00 AM

    Keep up the good work.
I usually pick up litter when i walk too. emoticon
If everyone did the same (or did not litter) this would be a clean country emoticon
PUDLECRAZY 6/8/2012 8:13:00 AM


CMORISAK 6/8/2012 6:48:00 AM

MAGGIEMAE03815 6/8/2012 6:16:00 AM

    My husband and I have been doing this for several months now - it's been interesting seeing others doing the same now - and , I feel that our presence out there with our bags has limited the amount of trash to pick-up.
KATBOXJANITOR 3/20/2012 9:12:00 PM

    try 2 bags - 1 for recycle and 1 for garbage
8HABIT 3/18/2012 4:53:00 PM

    Great idea!!
STREO2004 3/18/2012 3:53:00 AM

    Great idea,thanks for sharing
DIBRN5 3/17/2012 11:55:00 AM

    That is awesome. I wish more people were like you.
FRIENDOFBACH 3/16/2012 10:32:00 PM

    Pick up the litter and we have roadside garbage cans so I throw it there.
WRITINGDIVA1 3/16/2012 7:13:00 PM

    I do this sometimes, if I have a bag not for the exercises but for the environment. Glad to know that I can lose some extra pounds as well.
BANNERMAN 3/16/2012 6:58:00 PM

    Great idea . Thanks for sharing
SABLENESS 3/16/2012 5:02:00 PM

    I've done the same things, but collected the cans for recycling.
WENDENANNIE 3/16/2012 4:04:00 PM

    What a great idea! Now that my back doesn't hurt anymore, I might just incorporate that into my walks too!!!
LYNCHD05 3/16/2012 3:48:00 PM

    "good for you! What are these people thinking that just throw their trash anywhere!
AYLEA56 3/16/2012 3:18:00 PM

    Lovely Idea! emoticon emoticon
SHAN09 3/16/2012 2:16:00 PM

    Great idea!
REDROSEMARIE 3/16/2012 7:39:00 AM

    emoticon idea!
CMORISAK 3/16/2012 7:03:00 AM

    wonderful idea
CAM2438 3/16/2012 6:31:00 AM

    Good for you. Wouldn't it be great if we all did this?
BABY_GIRL69 6/5/2011 6:22:00 PM

    That is pretty good. I pick up the trash on my block not as far as you go though.
2BEATIT1 9/15/2010 2:11:00 PM

    Fantastic idea
Thanks for sharing.
69NURSE 8/1/2010 9:49:00 PM

    We do this every spring as stuff really accumulates over the winter. This year we took 5 bags of garbage off the 3 mile hike we do over a 2 week period. There has been much less since then. Good idea to pass along to all hikers/walkers Thanks
SUNNYARIZONA 8/1/2010 5:08:00 PM

    That is a nifty idea, that I will incooporate in my next hike. On my hike yesterday, I saw several pieces of litter on the trail, just indiscriminately tossed....NO respect....but I had no way to pick that up and carry it out, but this idea I will use in the future!

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