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post #1 of 49 Old 04-07-2013, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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Beer Can Littering Rant

Hi everyone, I have been trail riding for about 5 years now and I love every hour spent on the trails. However the one thing that is bothering me the most is the amount of beer cans that I see on the trails. In one 5 hour ride, I have counted over 30 beer cans out on the trails. It doesn't bother me that people drink on the trails. I just turned 21 a few months ago and I enjoy a good beer too, but if you take a beer out on the trails, please throw it away when you get back to the campground not out on the trails. These parks and campground owners put a lot of work into these trails and it upsets me seeing all the beer cans littering the forest floor. My friends and I have even made the joke that if we ever get lost on a trail the only way we know we are still on a horse trail is if we see beer cans. To me that is sad. I don't mean to offend anyone but this is something that has been bothering me ever since I started trail riding and is something that I think needs to be brought to attention. All I am asking is if you do drink while riding out on the trails, please put the empty container in a saddlebag and carry it back to the campground or throw away the empty container in a trash can that may be provided out on the trails. Again I apologize if I offended anyone, but this is something I just needed to get off my chest.
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post #2 of 49 Old 04-07-2013, 08:23 PM
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I appreciate your rant. We ride in some of gods most beautiful places and why anyone would be so disrespectful of such places is a mystery to me.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
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post #3 of 49 Old 04-07-2013, 08:34 PM
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I can never understand why people want to trash up nature. I see beer cans, food containers, and all sorts of trash out there. We need to start a national campaign to train people to be clean like we had back in the '70's. "Please, please don't be a litter bug, cause every litter bit hurts."
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post #4 of 49 Old 04-07-2013, 08:39 PM
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they should pack in and pack out. they should recycle or the camp areas (if not native) should have recycle bins. I always packed in and packed out , we did not leave any trash, and where a we pitched a tent and had moved pine needles, we put the needles back.
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post #5 of 49 Old 04-07-2013, 09:16 PM
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Its horrible out here in New Mexico. I live right next to 100's of miles of BLM land. Not park land but still very wild and lovely. Its not a little trash I see. Its a landfill!!! I call and report.when I see anyone driviving out itto the wilderness with trucks full of garbage but never see any police. We do have a pretty strict regulations
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6 or 7 years ago, before the spring grasses started growing I cleaned up 2km of back road from the highway to my driveway. The little cart behind the quad was full to almost overflowing, as were two large baskets and a garbage bag. A lot of it had been barely visible yet I knew it was clean. Last year a young fellow and I did a repeat run and picked up just as much. This time most of it was beer cans from the new neighbors buddies, all the same brand.
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Ok, ok, I got the message, I will go out there & clean up my cans!
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6 or 7 years ago, before the spring grasses started growing I cleaned up 2km of back road from the highway to my driveway. The little cart behind the quad was full to almost overflowing, as were two large baskets and a garbage bag. A lot of it had been barely visible yet I knew it was clean. Last year a young fellow and I did a repeat run and picked up just as much. This time most of it was beer cans from the new neighbors buddies, all the same brand.
I appreciate you going out there and picking up the litter. Its acts like that that can make all the difference. I wish there were more people out there willing to take their time to clean up the litter out there.
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I lived next to some state land. Had to drive through about a half mile of it to get to my place. I got so sick of seeing all the trash out there, that when I ordered a dumpster for my use I had the company set it at the entrance to the state land.

It helped. At first, I got a call from somebody with the State saying I couldn't have it on public land. But I asked them to give it two weeks and I'd send photos of what got dumped in there. Mostly pop and beer cans. We don't have fast food for 40 miles. A bunch of plastic grocery type bags with snack food stuff in them. The state let it stay.

I don't get the laziness and lack of consideration of some folks.
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post #10 of 49 Old 04-08-2013, 02:36 AM
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I live along a highway, my fence line stays littered with bottles. There are trails in my area that are closed now to all horse riders because of the littering.. SOme big fun party rides also canceled over it.
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