There were two good things about this experience. The first is that it quickly taught my 3 year-old son why littering is a really bad idea. Having to clean up other's people junk really sheds light on the fact that he should avoid doing this himself at any cost. The second is that there was less trash then last year by one shopping bag, little victories.
One observation Tuck and I made is that if one had to form a profile of the average litterer on our stretch of road, the person would be gluttonous. Our trash bags were made up of cigarette boxes and butts, alcohol and soda bottles, tobacco cans, and fast food bags.
I know we aren't alone. I recently counted 17 plastic bags per mile along the expressway in rural Indiana. Has anyone found a way to deter this? Good experiences with ditch litter? Bad?