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(06-22-2018, 05:42 PM)Moxadox Wrote: [ -> ]Yay!  I got one of those picker-upper gadgets

Same here.  I pick up litter out of habit (army, boy scouts, geocaching habits) but am too old to bend over for each piece now.
I pick up trash as well. But have to use small easily disposable bags. Any ideas where a larger 13 gallon trash bag can be disposed of without getting in trouble for theft of services?
(06-25-2018, 07:52 AM)vanman2300 Wrote: [ -> ]I pick up trash as well. But have to use small easily disposable bags. Any ideas where a larger 13 gallon trash bag can be disposed of without getting in trouble for theft of services?

I had this problem with a 13-gallon bag full of trash that was left by the previous team by the Deschutes river in Oregon, and which I picked up (not counting the other 18 beer bottles and 20 beer cans). The bag hung for several days on a tree, until I finally gave up and stuffed it in a garbage container in the Walmart parking lot in Redmond. Interestingly, my local Walmart has only one container right near the front door, but the Walmart in Redmond has them scattered all over the parking lot. No doubt they are used to RVers leaving bags of trash, and this way, they aren't just left on the ground.

Afterwards, I moved to some organized campgrounds in the NF, and they usually had dumpsters where bags that size can be deposited. I'm sure the NF Service is happy to not have the bags simply dumped on the ground.
(06-25-2018, 12:08 PM)QinReno Wrote: [ -> ]I had this problem with a 13-gallon bag full of trash that was left by the previous team by the Deschutes river in Oregon, and which I picked up (not counting the other 18 beer bottles and 20 beer cans). The bag hung for several days on a tree, until I finally gave up and stuffed it in a garbage container in the Walmart parking lot in Redmond. Interestingly, my local Walmart has only one container right near the front door, but the Walmart in Redmond has them scattered all over the parking lot. No doubt they are used to RVers leaving bags of trash, and this way, they aren't just left on the ground.

Afterwards, I moved to some organized campgrounds in the NF, and they usually had dumpsters where bags that size can be deposited. I'm sure the NF Service is happy to not have the bags simply dumped on the ground.

Thx. That's a good suggestion especially NF CGs. I remember they have dumpsters and the hosts don't/can't monitor them very well.
Another campsite and area cleaned, doing my part to leave it better than I found out and doing my part as a member of this group to be a Steward of nature and our forests.

Picked up three shopping bags of beer cans, toilet paper, shells and box, etc...


July 31, Coconino Forest

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Almost any of the launch ramps at major lakes have several dumpstsers. The ones here even have recycle trailers. Also special racks and containers for batteries and used oil, appliances get set beside the dumpster, as well as items to big to go inside. All of these get dumped several times a day.
thanks mini van. highdesertranger
Thanks Minivanmotoman, almost any visitor center on any federal lands will furnish bags and let you know where you can deposit them for pickup if you ask. If you get up around Bullfrog Utah ( Northern part of Glen Canyon Rec Area) before November PM me and I'll make sure you get thanked proper.
Interesting, didn't know that. Thx bullfrog.
Imho, litter and garbage is the most important issue for us all.
This will be the main reason/excuse that forests and dispersed campsites will be closed down. It will affect all of us directly and impact negatively our opportunities and potential sites.

There should be more done individually and collectively, not just picking up the trash but implementing a program of awareness, interaction, communication and support. The topic isn't as interesting as cheap internet access or van buildout, but none of that will matter if we don't raise awareness and improve the status quo.

Once we lose access, will be impossible or next to impossible to regain. Yes, it is a major societal issue that no one likes to deal with and NIMBY, but we MUST do something collectively to raise awareness and build a great reputation.

This is my small way. If we all do a little, post on here, build momentum, keep at it, support and pitch in, it's a start.
Cleaning up campsites in government campsites and lands, especially when their information offices get a hold of it, can get it recognized in all their web sites and publications if that is what's desired. The Trash Tracker volunteer program uses thousands of dollars to give people a chance to help clean up Lake Powell and has a waiting list. Check it out on the Glen Canyon Rec Area web site. Government agencies cann't begin to take care of developed areas never the less dispersed camping areas. They have organized cleanup days in almost every park and groups are reconized. Most agencies if they know your one of the people that care will bend over backwards to get volunteer help especially if your self contained and all they have to do is give you a campsite. I've taken groups out on the lake to ruins to police trails for a half day then spent the other half showing them the sites people pay captain/guides hugh amounts to see. All you have to do is work with the Interpretive staff at the visitor's center or if you have other skills the Maintenance department. Yes you will have a safety class but all safety equipment will be furnished if you let them know in advance. People volunteer so infrequently in remote areas there are usually some problems getting it done, but it can be if you work at it. Housing is usually the biggest hang up and most of us got that. By the way you can earn a free yearly parks pass after working so many hours of volunteer hours as well.
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