My wife and I walk our dog every morning along the Parkway that borders Desoto State Park. We always carry a couple of plastic bags to pick up trash, and it’s a rare morning that we don’t pick up at least one piece of litter – usually more. The most common litter is empty beer cans/bottles, followed closely by empty pop cans, fast food bags/waste, and energy drink bottles.

I often wonder what people are thinking as they dispose of their garbage out the window of their vehicle. We moved to Alabama a little over 12 years ago, and one of things I noticed from the first time we arrived is the great pride most Alabamians take in their state. Nowhere is this pride more justified than in the beautiful mountains of Northeast Alabama. Yet, drive any of the many mountain roads and you can’t help but notice the large amount of trash along the road side. Driving up Wade’s Gap is one of the worst. Despite the efforts of volunteer groups and local jail work parties to collect the trash, it just never stops accumulating.

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