As popular and useful as litter pickup campaigns are, I can never hear about one without thinking that it wouldn't be so necessary if people put trash where it belongs in the first place.
I have seen trash stuck in tree cavities, fences, bushes and down sewers, all of which show a glimmer of good intention but no common sense. And then there are the flat-out trashers who toss garbage from vehicles or eat on the street, leaving food wrappers behind them. The worst sight is a parent who lets children drop cups and snack bags instead of directing them to a receptacle or holding it until they get home. If children grow up expecting someone to clean up after them, we see the results around our schools in trails of trash.
It's true, a clean-up campaign promotes neighborhood camaraderie and pride in the outcome, I am just waiting for the day when we all agree to keep our yards, streets and public places clean in the first place.