An observant walk through the streets of Maynard will spy empty miniature alcohol bottles – also known as nips, testers, shooters, minis and airplane bottles – with a distribution mostly not too far from the liquor store where they were purchased. From talking to store owners, buyers are typically adults who buy several of these small plastic bottles at a time, and need to be deterred from starting to drink before they are out of the store. Why not just buy a pint, or a fifth? A good guess is that people who are not supposed to be drinking where they live want something easy to conceal, something that can be drained and dropped, or else tossed out a car window. A saving grace is that these now-plastic bottles do not contribute to the broken glass problem.
Dog poop on snow may vanish from sight, but this does not mean that it has been transported to the ‘multiverse’ [Look it up.] More annoying than the melt-revealed pet deposits are the little bags, top-tied, and left alongside the rail trail. Sometimes these are carefully placed by one of the milestones, or on a boulder, as if the dog owner intends that they will retrieve these bags on their return walk home. They don’t. The rule: “You own the dog, you own the poop.”
|Weekly trash walks along the Maynard portion of|
the Rail Trail fill several five gallon buckets.
NOTE: Nearest Burger King is in Husdon.
For the many people who live near town-owned woodlands and drag Christmas trees into the woods - don't. I have seen paths at the end of dead-end streets with the entrances bracketed by decaying tree corpses ranging from freshly green (some still draped in tinsel) to years-old skeletonized remains. This is not returning your tree to nature. It is littering, plain and simple, and creating a fire hazard too.
Back to alcohol – this time beer cans. Bud Light is the most common find. This preference was confirmed in a survey of 1,032 teenage drinkers, reported in the science journal Alcoholism in 2013. Almost 30% reported they had consumed Bud Light within the past 30 days. Close behind is Coors Light (which seems redundant). Please! If you are going to drink beer and litter, drink a beer that tastes like beer.
Mark trash-patrols the rail trail. Not owning a dog, it’s an excuse to go for a walk.