Saturday, March 03, 2007

White trash.

Just a reminder that for every beautiful waterfall and sun drenched vista there is its grim and sad opposite. I’ve been frequenting the dump a lot lately and the plastic bag trees are definitely in bloom. I feel suffocated just looking at this.

13 comments:

mater70 said...

That sight shouldn't be seen on the beautiful island of Maui - it belongs in the darker areas of Leeds.

I think you must have "protected" me when I've been to Maui.

Lim said...

Are you kidding me? How did the plastic bags get up there? How? Why? What's the story?
=(

Sharon said...

The central Maui landfill is essentially one big rubbish heap in the middle of the Island When our trash is picked up curb side, that’s where it ends up. As an individual you can also go there and drop off your green waste (which gets turned into mulch) or your household garbage. You add to that the almost constant trade winds and voila, every plastic bag that was ever throw away gets whipped into a frenzy and many are snagged by the trees near the landfill entrance.

One of the Dept of public works environmental management 2007 goals is to reduce the amount of litter blowing out of the landfill. Good luck.

Personally I think it should be mandatory that every Maui resident & visitor go and see the dump. It's sobering and might wake a few people up.

Anna Lyn said...

stop taking pictures in my backyard!

mater70 said...

I have to confess when I was driving around Roundhay today I was ashamed to see a few plastic bags in the trees - something I hadn't noticed before - not sure if I mean this but thank you for opening my eyes. It's a horrid sight and best left in Anna Lyn's back yard. (Actually, I'm sure you have a beautiful yard AL).

Anna Lyn said...

i actually have no backyard anymore. my daddy built a whole other house in it's place!

Cerebral Itch said...

Just to add to this little dose of irony, the Maui dump has the best view on the island. I'm putting down $10K for my plot of land when it gets about 2000 feet high.

Nancy said...

RECYCLE....
It should be mandatory to recycle...
Sharoa-perhaps we start a new biz..we will set up houses for recycling and we can get GP to go pick it up.
As brother Robert always like to say to you: TAKE OUT THE TRASH!

cammar said...

Good idea, I'm pretty good at picking up... not sure about trash though. ;-)

Every time I shop at places like k-mart, I always ask the cashier:"have you driven by the dump lately?".
Usually I get the answer:"uh?"
And then I say: "please, don't give too many plastic bags" (they usually give you four bags for 10 items...), "they are all going to end up on the trees at the dump and after that in the ocean".

I feel better after that.

PS My verification word was 'carzo'...

Nancy said...

GP...you leave the door wide open to make rude comments...I had to tone ned down...
if we start a recycle biz..you will be our best pick up white trash man on the block!

meesh said...

Did you know you could do a "Trash Tour" on maui?? To see what happens to all the shit - I can't imagine it will take too long. I was skeptical about where all the recycling goes .... perhaps to a bigger land fill in china on a barge ... who really knows? You can only hope it doesn't right? We are so far behind is scary. Anyway, GP I got loads of cardboard and plastic in my garage. Swing by anytime as I am not sure what day you are collecting in Kuau.

cammar said...

The key is not recycling, it's reusing. For example, I use the grocery plastic bags many times to put my lunch in it (before there's too much peanut butter and honey in them).
If you can't reuse, than recycle.
But, as Meesh says, we're so far behind... I can't believe what my neighbors put in the trash cans... completely clueless.
Do like this, go in your trash can RIGHT NOW and count all the items you could have reused or recycled.
And don't cheat!

Sharon said...

The 'trash tour'.....someone hold me back I could draw you a map of the stars on that one! On second thoughts maybe we should go and educate (or brainwash) ourselves?!