We have all seen it. You are hiking when you come across an empty plastic bottle, or wrappers from chocolate bars, sandwiches or fast food. And if you are really lucky you will be treated to a bunch of beer or wine bottles left behind after someone's bush party.
You ask yourself why these things are here. They weigh less than when they were full, making it so much easier to transport them back to a garbage bin.
It is all a matter of perception and teaching.
Take a look at the amazing world we are part of, we can all do our bit to keep it clean. How then can we keep these bottles and wrappers from ending up way out in the bush, beside an amazing waterfall, or on our city streets, for that matter?
If we go to one of the many drive thru restaurants we can just as easily drive by a garbage bin and deposit the litter. The same goes with emptying the ashtray in our car, just make sure no hot ashes are dumped in the bin. If we drop it, we should pick it up.
The Brisbane City Council has numerous bins around the city, perfect for such disposal. And the yellow lidded bins are perfect for the plastic bottles of fluid we devour on a huge scale.
You will be so proud of your kids for coming home with their pockets stuffed with wrappers from their snacks that didn't end up on the ground. They will learn a valuable lesson and their world will be a more beautiful place when they do their part.
And what about the bins that we all use to recycle our used clothes and books? We know that when we get to the bin if it is full we can come back another day and drop off our items. Or better yet, maybe we find another bin.
We have gone through all the trouble of clearing out the old from our cupboards, closets, garages, work rooms and man caves to make our spaces free to collect more things. So then we will want to make sure that those items that we once loved get to a good home. We could even drive them to Salvos or the St. Vincent DePaul Society or Vinnies for short.
To find a comprehensive list of places and items to recycle you can head to recycling near you for a vast amount of information.
While running errands this can be a stop along the way. Take your kids and show them they can make a difference. When you are out in the world checking out the places you learned about on Weekend Notes you can do it proudly knowing you have left it clean behind you.