Don’t be a litter bug! Packing your trash out of a natural or historic area may be an inconvenience to you, but not doing it ruins the experience for someone else. The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics makes the following recommendations for campers to dispose of waste properly:
Under normal circumstances, it takes two to four weeks for a paper towel to decompose, one to five years for a cigarette butt, ten to twenty years for a plastic bag and approximately five hundred years for a plastic soda bottle. With that kind of shelf-life on our garbage, imagine what the view would be like from a scenic overlook if no one trashed their trash!
As you’re visiting the heritage area, remember to properly dispose of your trash. You can even go one better by picking up and disposing of litter that you come across. When we all pitch in, we can ensure that everyone can enjoy the views for years to come.