About the Litter Cans at Optimist Park in Tempe

Ray (the dog) and I were at Optimist Park the morning of 16 September 2005. The park has lots of green grass and healthy trees thanks to regular morning waterings. Because of the all the watering, the ground is always soft and I had always assumed that the numerous tire tracks located in the park were made by local residents having fun driving on the grass. But I was wrong. On this particular morning, Ray and I witnessed a City of Tempe truck driving around the park checking the status of the litter cans. The city employees drive right up next to the cans so they can peek inside without getting out of their truck. Since Optimist Park is rarely used, the cans probably go a week without needing dumping. Optimist Park has tire tracks here and tire tracks there and not all of them are made by local residents.

Note: We don't have pictures of the City of Tempe truck because we did not have the digital camera at the time of incident. Ray and I went home, grabbed the camera, and returned to the park to take pictures.

Author: Gerald D. Thurman [gdt@deru.com]
Created: 16 Sep 2005
AzLitter.org is not optimistic that our litter problem will ever go away; however, maybe in a decade or two, bio- and nano-technology may help us be free of litter.