Pick Up a Piece of Trash and Put it in a Trashcan



Today, while back at school, a friend and I went to one of those free giveaway type events in front of the bookstore; not only did we get free pizza pies (hooray!), but we also played a cute beanbag game hosted by my friend’s building director. On each side of her, she placed both a recycling bin and garbage can. The beanbags on the table each had items printed on them such as “glass bottles,” “pizza box,” “plastic container,” “batteries,” etc and the object of the game was to place the beanbags in the proper bin/can.

This game got me thinking of an item I crossed off my “Kind Acts & Volunteering” bucket list a couple weeks ago: pick up a piece of trash lying on the street and put it in a trashcan.

Admittedly, I never do this type of stuff on a regular basis and sometimes at school get pretty awful with differentiating between the garbage can/recycling bin. Yet, after stealing this idea off a website that lists kind acts on Google, I figured this item would be a super simple, yet nice one to contribute to my list.

Although I could’ve done this one anywhere, I figured I’d do it at a place that gets pretty large crowds. A friend and I went to Six Flags, which seemed like an ideal place. After eating at the Panda Express there, I took a few napkins to pick up the item of trash with (I know, a bit backward, since it can be argued I was wasting paper, which is also detrimental to the environment) and headed out to complete my mission!

It was nice to see there actually wasn’t much trash on the ground, but then I spotted a pamphlet someone had thrown there. Although picking up a pamphlet, rather than serious trash, and putting it in a garbage can wasn’t anything special, I figured it was one less thing for a custodian or worker to pick up. The act itself was pretty lame, but it still felt nice to help out in this small way!

So has anyone done anything similar or plan on adding an item like this to his or her bucket lists? I’d love to hear from you guys!

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70 Responses to Pick Up a Piece of Trash and Put it in a Trashcan

  1. A random act cleanness, nice

  2. spartacus2030 says:

    I turn the water off while I shave… I figure, over the course of a lifetime, I could save Lake Michigan :O)

  3. steffimarie says:

    Thanks for stopping by and following my blog. Yours looks awesome! Congrats on all your publications and keep up the great work. 🙂

  4. I nominated you for the versatile blogger award. Come back to my blog to check out the nomination 🙂 Also, I remember doing that in the hallways at school.

  5. kristilynk says:

    Hmm, never thought of this as an act of kindness ~ I can NOT walk past a piece of trash without throwing it away ~ luckily, I live in a pretty clean suburb otherwise I would go mad ha!

  6. omtatjuan says:

    It takes one person like you to start a caring movement. Caring is what it’s all about.

  7. keithsakata says:

    Hey Christine! Nice to meet you.
    I love your bucket list blog! It’s honestly very relaxing to read. I have a question for you: What is the coolest bucket list check-off you have ever done? Thanks 🙂

  8. Great that you bring attention to this; think if everybody picked up just one piece of thrash ‘an act of kindness’ to Mother Nature, what a difference. The world is wonderful and we should treasure it more. One question/comment; is the world (scope) of bucket lists changing ;-)?


    Now if we could get all of us to do this on a daily basis.

  10. Tom and myself often pick litter up from around the community ground on which we live and on visits to the beach where a lot of people throw things down too… People don’t seem to care about the environment… as if they are not responsible… (If our councils do employ someone to clean up… don’t you think the money could be spend on different things…) Maybe it’s something for everyone to do everyday… what a wonderful world we would then create from such a simple gesture… Barbara

    • Wow, that’s awesome you guys do it on a regular basis! I agree it would be great if everyone got into a habit of doing it, so, like you said, the councils could spend money on other stuff 🙂

  11. Last time I picked up trash was only yesterday – I do it regularly, as it’s a great example of how doing something small can make a big difference. Yesterday it was a large paper bag that had contained someones lunch, blowing around discarded in the wind. There wasn’t much other trash around so it made a big difference to throw it away, suddenly the place was clean and clear and not a temptation to others to just drop there trash ‘because others already have’. Thanks for continuing to share and inspire such kindness. H xxx

  12. Charles Huss says:

    I am very good about throwing my own trash away but I am guilty of walking by trash on the street. One thing I can’t walk by is trash on the beach. I hate to think that it might get washed into the ocean.

  13. katyhancock says:

    I’m very big on caring for the environment. Yet, when my boyfriend and I were walking on the OC boardwalk a few weeks ago, he was the one to randomly bend down and throw away a piece of trash. I couldn’t believe it! I was so thrilled and happy that I jumped up and gave him a hug. He, however, didn’t think it was such a big deal haha

  14. ravingreader says:

    You and I have very similar philosophies – it’s great fun to read your blog and get some new ideas. Now if only we get everyone to do just one thing… 🙂 Good job. Keep it going. It’s going to make a difference somewhere.

  15. madeleinefriesen says:

    I love your blog! Thank you for following mine 🙂 I can’t wait to read more!

  16. Sublime Sol says:

    This definitely strikes a cord with me.
    Here is my little story about a very similar experience 🙂

  17. kbfairies says:

    That is really nice gesture that people can do. I also love this pic very pretty.

  18. rafavoa says:

    One question: is recycling compulsory in the USA like here in Spain?

  19. Patrick Day says:

    What have I done on a bucket list item? I have now completed all plans to spend a week at the Gettysburg Military Battlefield the first week of October. This has been on my bucket list for a long time.

  20. Marie Lough says:

    I feel good about picking up something that is out of place and just taking the moment to put it up. I just heard a story that some job recruiters are on the lookout for that. As the interviewee walks up, they watch to see if he will pick up a bit of trash that is lying on the ground. It’s a matter of caring about your surroundings a bit and not expecting someone else to come along and clean up after you. I think people will keep areas clean that are already clean, too. Would you toss a gum wrapper out on a pristine boulevard or a littered dirt?

  21. a bunch of simple acts can all add up to something wonderful, right? who cares if it was just a little bit of trash, i bet it did a lot of good 🙂

  22. I do this too sometimes, I have to admit that people leaving litter on the ground is one of my pet hates. They’ll just throw stuff on the floor even if it is right next to a bin (that’s trashcan to you.) It really winds me up!

  23. Wade Ogletree says:

    We live by the beach and will often take a trash bag with us to collect trash. (Many people here don’t have a clue about keeping public areas clean. It can be so gross.)

  24. btg5885 says:

    Good job. I do this too. I dropped my son off at college in Vermont last week and I was glad they had someone standing near the compost, recycling and waste cans to indoctrinate us newcomers to the state on what was what. I loved that they were composting and recycling what they could. Take care. BTG

  25. grahamatlinc says:

    We can wait for somebody else to be an example. If we all thought like that mcu of the world we take for granted would dissolve.

    Alternatively, we can be an example and help the world to evolve.

    Kind Regards G 🙂

  26. grahamatlinc says:

    …….. Sorry please correct mispelling of “much” (mcu).

  27. Thanks for following my blog! I like your topic choices as well. If everybody would be as mindful about this type of thing as you are, we’d be in a better world.

  28. Hey, guess what! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award on my blog 🙂 Congratulations!

  29. grahamatlinc says:

    Congratulations x 3 🙂 🙂 🙂

  30. Mandii says:

    I love the idea of having kind acts on a bucket list of sorts – thanks for the inspiration!!
    It’s so easy to forget that even the little things add up & count for something big.

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