My dad picked up trash on the side of the road in front of our house. I thought it was a waste of time.
Years pass, the genetic inheritance expresses itself. I pick up trash on the side of the road.
The litter is everywhere, primarily fast food meals (McTrash) plus beer cans and bottles ejected from motor vehicles.
Local crime stats indicate that it is difficult to cite a motorist for littering (there were seven 26-1 citations in 2007).
The straw that breaks this camel's back is the free "distribution" of phone-books and ersatz phone-books.
The entities that print these books could limit distribution to those members of the public who actually have expressed an interest in receiving their product. Further, they could hire professional delivery people, the US postal service, Fedex, UPS, people who know how to get product to a recipient.
Instead, the directories are distributed using a fecundatory model, like a buck shad, like a dandelion, many seed are spread in the hope that some will take root.
Some fall by the wayside, some fall on stony ground. What the hell, someone else will pick them up.
Sec. 26-1. Littering.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to dump or otherwise dispose of trash, garbage, refuse, litter or other unsightly matter on public property, including a public street, right-of-way, property adjacent to such street or right-of-way, or on private property without the written consent of the owner thereof or his agent.
(b) When any person is arrested for a violation of this section and the matter alleged to have been illegally dumped or disposed of has been ejected from a motor vehicle, the arresting officer may comply with the provisions of Code of Virginia, section 46.2-936 in making such arrest.
(c) When a violation of the provisions of this section has been observed by any person, and the matter illegally dumped or disposed of has been ejected from a motor vehicle, the owner or operator of such motor vehicle shall be presumed to be the person ejecting such matter. Such presumption shall be rebuttable by competent evidence.
(d) The provisions of this section shall not apply to the lawful disposal of such matter in landfills.