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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 | 40 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 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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