Cranky Man Complains: Glass in the Alley

Garbage collectors of Oak Park, is there anything we can do about this?

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By David Hammond

Is it too much to ask that our alleys not be littered with chunks of glass?

Recently, after dumping a bunch of kitchen scraps into our compost pile*, my wife and I walked south down the alley between Scoville and East Avenue. About two lots down, we began marveling at the piles of glass in front of virtually every garage. Each little pile was positioned in line with the blue recycling bins on either side of the alley.

Apparently generated during trash collection, these threatening clusters of busted glass look trashy. Much more importantly, these sharp scraps could cause damage to feet and wheeled vehicles.

Even if you're wearing shoes in the alley (and you really should be), these jagged chunks can get caught in the treads of your boots and then be ferried back in the house, dropped off and reattached, painfully, to your shoeless feet (assuming you go shoeless in the house; about which, see yesterday's post).

I ride my bike year round. I much prefer it to riding in a car. But unlike our car, my bike has tires that could be punctured by a hunk of glass.

And although I honestly don't know if the feet of our beloved pets might be injured by glass, it seems likely that they would be.

So, garbage collectors of Oak Park, is there anything we can do about this?



*Obligatory food comment

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