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Saw it at one of the few facilities on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Bathrooms were over flowing too. Lot of people enjoying our natural treasures but..Also saw garbage bags in the dumpsters and in cans.Apparently some locals don't want to pay to have their garbage hauled away. One stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway looks like New York City, so to speak, just short distance from the Parkway. State Forest found a large dump where they were letting Residents in the area and some not so close in dump roofing shingles, garbage and everything else. I haven't noticed it in the Smokiesbut it has been a while since we visited it.

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While it's disgusting no matter whose trash it is, it's a tiny problem compared to environmental disaster that is occurring or about to occur in the US. The cause is the same though - it's all about me, and how much money can I extract for the "shareholders."

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#1Flyboy wrote:

Yes the trashing of America is gonna continue UNTIL the government steps in and starts making trash disposal, recycling, energy conservation subjects that need to be taught to the public; won’t stop 100% of problems but will start to minimize the issues. Also companies need to look into packaging and how their products are winding up in places other than the garbage dump/recycling center.... We live on the road & camphost so we are very aware of this issue.


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Etstorm wrote:

#1Flyboy wrote:

Yes the trashing of America is gonna continue UNTIL the government steps in and starts making trash disposal, recycling, energy conservation subjects that need to be taught to the public; won’t stop 100% of problems but will start to minimize the issues. Also companies need to look into packaging and how their products are winding up in places other than the garbage dump/recycling center.... We live on the road & camphost so we are very aware of this issue.


No amount of government mandates will make a slob not be a slob!


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sort of looks like the trash dump near my house. looks like they need more frequent trash pickups
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you know I was expecting garbage throught out woods, when I saw everything piled around a full dumpster my first thought was they dont empty the dumpster enought, then looking at the type of garbage I dont think it is camper, but rather people looking for free disposal of there household garbage.

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We have been "users" of public lands for the last 50 years. Our national parks and public lands are being trashed... tp, diapers, tampons, human waste, etc. While the story is relevant, it is decades behind the curve. It seems that the new users of public lands are just pigs with no back country ethics. They wouldn't know what real wilderness was if it bit them in the butt.


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Thunder Mountain wrote:

We have been "users" of public lands for the last 50 years. Our national parks and public lands are being trashed... tp, diapers, tampons, human waste, etc. While the story is relevant, it is decades behind the curve. It seems that the new users of public lands are just pigs with no back country ethics. They wouldn't know what real wilderness was if it bit them in the butt.



They have been there for a long time there is just more of them now.

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cptqueeg wrote:

While it's disgusting no matter whose trash it is, it's a tiny problem compared to environmental disaster that is occurring or about to occur in the US. The cause is the same though - it's all about me, and how much money can I extract for the "shareholders."

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If you have ever been to any industrial site in AK, like the oil fields in Prudhoe Bay, or mines outside of Fairbanks, you would not feel this way. They are very conscientious of the environment and the animals that call those places home. They take incredible care to not harm wildlife and keep everything clean. If a polar bear goes anywhere near a drill site, the shut it down regardless of the cost until the bear has it's babies and leaves the area. Alaska is the last place in the world you have to worry about environmental damage.

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Back to the subject - we always bring our trash home with us unless we are staying at at paid site that has garbage service. We also separate trash from recycle and always bring that home. I have yet to find a place that has recycle bins. We did a 10 day trip to Glacier this summer and had 3 bags of recycle when we got home. Nowhere we went had recycle bins so we just traveled around with it.

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