Flattened

December 3, 2011

Closeup photograph of a cherry Coke can

Copyright 2011 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Things are…

Flattened cherry Coke can

Copyright 2011 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Until they aren’t.

Flattened water bottle in the street

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And that is precisely the issue.  In their original forms, these containers had a purpose:  to deliver thirst-quenching liquids.  Having out-lived their intended use, they appear to have been judged worthy of no further use and subsequently discarded in the street.

And that is the problem.

A decaying robin carcass

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Organic life forms, once expended,  will become a meal for other critters and eventually decompose.  As a result, bodies can still be useful after their primary raison d’être has been extinguished.  As with most processes, the time period for decomposition varies.  While often unpleasant (the sights, odors, and potential for disease do exist), one way to look at this is as Mother Nature’s recycling program.

The time it takes our trash to degrade or decompose also varies-those aluminum cans?  80-200 years.  Plastic bottles? 450 years (according to this source.)  This, too, is unpleasant, but for very different reasons.  Plastic especially does not simply return to the earth and cease to exist, as this essay about the North Pacific Gyre  describes.  Quite problematic on so many levels.

It is very distressing to continue to see the lack of reduction/reuse/recycling of trash that ends up in our streets and waterways.  Really not sure what else to say…

Take care.

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