A trashy start to July

Flyer/trash on the street

July started with trash on the streets.

In my Los Angeles neighborhood, it’s common practice for people to leave flyers on car windshields. Alas, this advertising method leads to trash everywhere: on the street, sidewalks, driveways and grassy areas.

Flyers end up on the ground in a variety of ways. Sometimes the wind catches them, other times people don’t notice the flyers and drive off leaving litter behind and in some cases people toss them on the street. I get it, people are in a hurry, but seriously, if you don’t have time to walk 50 feet to a recycling bin then just throw it in the car until you have time to deal with it.

Yes, sometimes the flyers get a bit dirty, but it’s nothing that the floor of your car hasn’t seen before. It can handle it!

Also, if this type of advertising bothers you, then don’t support these companies. In fact, if you feel comfortable, call and tell them how much it annoys you, but in a nice way of course. Angry calls are never received well.

Take a few minutes to explain how frustrating it is to see flyers littering the street and that many times trash ends up washing down storm drains straight to the ocean. Thank them for their time and then hang up the phone and give yourself a pat on the back. You said something!

Way to take action. But if you could also pick up flyers littering your street, that would be great.


  1. Bryan says

    Couldn’t agree with you more. I think these companies should be required to hire the same people they pay to distribute their fliers in the first place to return to the neighborhoods to pick up the leftovers in the streets and on the sidewalks.

  2. says

    The whole world seems to be a big trash bin. Just returned from the high Arctic and some of the beaches in very remote islands have trash and plastic washed all the way from the Russian Siberian coast by the currents. I have personally picked up whatever trash I came across. A Polar Bear was sighted with some plastic wrapped around its neck. The Norwegian Polar Research Institute is trying to locate the bear and remove the plastic before it is harmed. Give a hoot, don’t pollute.

    • Carolyn Kraft says

      Wow Mike, it’s really scary that plastic trash is infiltrating the high Arctic and impacting polar bears. Thanks for doing your part and picking up trash when you can, every bit helps.

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