There is small park with a pond a couple blocks from our house in Lacey where people go to watch and feed the ducks. When I go there I bring some bags so I can pick up the discarded beverage containers. One day I collected 34 aluminum cans. Pioneer Park in Tumwater is another place to enjoy a walk on the paths along the Deschutes River. Again, I bring bags so I can pick up discarded beverage containers. During my last visit to Pioneer Park I filled five grocery bags with cans and bottles.
In 1972 the state of Washington adopted a litter tax law that was supposed to address the litter problem. This law may help control litter along our roadways, but it does nothing to control litter in our small parks and residential areas. We need both a litter tax and a deposit on beverage containers. Each law has its own advantages and each law attacks the litter problem from a different angle.