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Today’s Trash: Dunkin’ Donuts

Dunkin' Donuts litter

America Runs On (and drives over) Dunkin'

Today’s trash was picked up at Hanson Farm Park in North Haven, CT.  This lovely “forever cup” from Dunkin’ Donuts was greeting park visitors until yesterday.  But have no fear fellow earth lovers, this piece of trash is now in a bag in my car! ( Not great, but at least it’s better than where it was!)

I actually heard ducks quacking in the nearby brook when I got out of my car to pick up the cup.  It was a little unexpected treat that made me smile as I bent down to grab the flattened styrofoam.  I took it as a little thank you from nature.  It was a nice moment that I wouldn’t have had if I didn’t stop to pick up that garbage.

Perhaps you too will have a nice moment of your own if you stop to pick up some litter.

Our world is a beautiful place full of unexpected goodness that might only be discovered when one does something unexpected!

And on a side note, this is just ONE example of the D & D trash that I see.  It is all over our roadways and filling our streams and parks.  I think it’s about time companies like Dunkin’ Donuts start cleaning up their mess.  Or at the very least educate their customers about why littering is bad and how they don’t want their name associated with the trashing of America.  We all play a part in this garbage mess and it’s time we ALL start doing something about it!


McDonald’s Cookie Wrapper from 1987 found in 2012


After all these years, Grimace is still grimacing.

I found a wrapper yesterday from a package of cookies that used to come with a McDonald’s Happy Meal.  (You know, before they went all “healthy” with the apple slices.)  I spotted the well-preserved fast food plastic packaging while picking up trash in my yard and instantly recognized the wide-eyed purple character on the package. It was Grimace! “Wow,” I thought as I picked it up. “I wonder how old this is.”

I flipped it over and was pretty surprised to discover that it was made in 1987.  I’ll do the math for you.  This wrapper has survived, fully intact, FOR 25 YEARS.  That also means that this wrapper was from a Happy Meal that was made when I was 13.  (You’ll have to do your own math there.) Heck, it could’ve been from a Happy Meal that I ate.  Theoretically anyway!

Talk about putting the importance of recycling into perspective!

As just one example, it’s quite likely that the wrapper from the candy bar I ate as a child when I went to see E.T. for the 5th time is currently resting comfortably in a landfill, looking just as good as it did 30 years ago.  (And sadly, I don’t even remember eating that candy bar.  I do however, remember seeing E.T. many times at the movie theater.  I know I improvised the candy part, but I’m sure I must have eaten one plastic-wrapped snack while I was there. Probably a few!)

I couldn’t begin to count (or remember) all the Happy Meals I ate as a kid.  It’s sad to think of all the garbage that is sitting in landfills because of me.    That’s not the legacy I want to leave behind.  I hope that’s not the legacy McDonald’s wants to leave behind either.

It's scary how good this wrapper looks after 25 years.