Garbologists Report

Garbologist’s Report – Butts!

In all my previous reports, I talked only about visible pieces of trash – and ignored the tiny annoying things. I am talking about the smokers, at least to the inconsiderate ones. The end result of your addiction is the BUTT! And we see them plentiful all over.   It only takes a few minutes to get your ‘fix’ but it ...

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Thanks for the Help during 2019 Cleanup

A little late but not less heartfelt comes my thank you to all who helped “delitter” our town. If only we could keep it that way. A big part was the transportation of helpers and trash and therefore a big thanks to Peter Moore for the wheels and gas from Davidson Fuels. Thank you also to people who came with ...

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Cleanup Done – Consider Recycling

If it wasn’t for the ‘handful’ of caring, energetic people who were not afraid to get dirty, our surroundings would still look like a… I tip my hat to the nurses and hospital workers with their families who took on Hwy 101 – what a great job! Thank you!! The 3 entrances to Wawa are now inviting and clean, what ...

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Canada is a Great Country – but the dirtiest?

  It was a sunny but windy day on Highway 17 North when the three of us with our heads down, sorted the recyclables when a male voice out of nowhere complimented our efforts. In surprise, we looked up and there was this tall man in a perfect cycling outfit on an even more perfect bike introducing himself. He had ...

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According to the Truckers…

In further reports, I will not itemize the mess that we pickup, but will focus on preventable things.   Talking to truckers along Pinewood Drive (and they like to talk when they see our volunteer sign), Ontario is one of the biggest provinces with the least rest stops and facilities. Ditches all over are a mess because of it. Saskatchewan ...

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It must be so boring…

Karin Grundt writes in her most recent Garbologists report, “It must be so boring reading every week about the mess we volunteers pick up — and I will top it this time with the final results of our cleanup. We cleaned from Tim Hortons, past the Wawa Goose, Pinewood Drive, Jone’s Powersports to the entrance of the Mission (approx 7 kilometres). ...

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Pinewood Drive is clean again…

Or should I say it was clean as of May 8th. It took seven volunteers three mornings to pull 24 fully stuffed bags of trash out of the ditch and off the shoulder. That doesn’t count the 1 3/4 leaf bags of plastic water bottles and over 100 beer cans… and then the same amount of pop cans, oil, antifreeze, ...

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Time to Retire

  There comes a time in everybody’s life, where you have to make a decision — and the time for me has come now to step back from picking up other people’s trash.   In the beginning, 25 years ago, my purpose and aim was to make my fellow citizens realize how beautiful this country is, especially our area without ...

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Booze, Coffee Cups and a Report Card

Jun 7, 2017 @ 08:07   Highway 101 was a total surprise — almost as an afterthought we took it on. People who travel that part of the highway daily thought that it did not look bad. So we started at the turnoff to Hawk and expected a leisurely ‘walk in the park back to Wawa’; after all, it was ...

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Giving Karin a Hand

  On Tuesday, May 23rd, Jessie L., Astrid Dereski, and myself, hopped in Karin Grundt’s Ford Ranger and headed for Highway 101, which she had mentioned is a cake walk in comparison to Highway 17. We were going to pick up garbage off the side of the road, mainly from individuals tossing it out their window as they enter or ...

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A Bear Dragged it Away!

May 28, 2017 @ 08:50   What is wrong with this picture? Nothing!!   Absolutely nothing — and with all the other garbage in the bush, and gravel pits. Nothing wrong to choke out natural resources with furniture, tv’s, discarded building materials, carpets and trash of every size and colour — as long as nobody sees you doing it! Even ...

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Hawk Road & Treasures at the Load Check

May 25, 2017 @ 09:02   Road construction on Highway 17 north brought our cleanup to a stop — but we did the immediate area, about 5 kilometers from the Goose north to a little past the shooting range. On that short stretch, we pulled 15 bags of trash (and when I say 15 bags, they are filled to the ...

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‘Think before you Toss!’

After cleaning Highway 17 south to the Soo, we took a little break from the freezing, merciless wind. I could feel the chill for days. This gave me time to count beer cans, organize and reflect.   Drinking and driving is sadly, still in full swing.   People, what is wrong with you!!!   On that short stretch of Highway ...

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Pinewood Drive looks Good!

May 4, 2017 @ 09:04 Pinewood Drive is or better was clean as of April 29, 2017. It was sheer “Women Power” that made the difference. Five of us started where the health walking team had concluded their cleanup on Earth Day at Tim Hortons. From there to the Goose and beyond to the OPP — the worst part always, ...

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