This was a picture I shot at the early part of this climbing season, at the MUA on the side closer to 45/55.
The stack of trash was there for 3 weekends before it got hauled away, and each weekend, it grew larger.
Each weekend I took the empty cans and bottles and put them in the recyle bos at the deli. Each weekend I engaged people who were eyeing the thing up as if it were the "official" trash dump, in an attempt to make them aware that dumping trash was "not the right way." One guy, I saw toss a soda bottle in it as he walked by. I said "Hey - I know people dumped this crap here, but this area has a policy of carrying out what we bring in." He snarked "It wasn't mine. I saw it in the parking area, and was good enough to put it here."
Anyway - I can say that of all the folks I've ever seen tossing crap, acting obnoxiously, etc., they are not loal, regular-to-the-area people, and they tend not to be climbers, either. I think that those who are regular to the area know the deal and, for the most part, respect it. But people come from far away, on maybe the once a year to the Gunks trip, and they simply don't expect to see the primative set up. And it's not like there are easily identifiable spots to dispose of refuse properly.
While I think the phot above is a glaring example of bad behavior, I think that sometimes, people just don't know what to do, and even though they know it is wrong.....they slink off and add their "just one small bag, what can that hurt" mentality to the pile someone else has already left.
It's not the locals who need the education - it's those valued dollar-spending tourists from other areas...... How do we go about educataing them, and offering a VIABLE solution? You would "think" the Carry In/Carry Out" signage shold be self-explanatory, but clearly - it isn't 100% effective.
What CAN we do????
I wondered what the cost is, of having a trash receptacle with regular cleanup, say from March through November? If it were at even just one of the sides, andat the other, there was a sign explaining about the receptacle at the other location, I think people would use it.
Would it be even be possible to have this ammenity, or is the beurocratic process too cumbersome? What is involved? has there ever BEEN trash receptacles there? If it were possible to happen, we could have a fundraiser to pay for the thing, and also have a "donations" box right next to the trash bin, with signage explaining it's cost.....
Just a thought. I know the MUA is supposed to be "low impact" camping, but which is worse? 3 weeks of rotted garbage, or a recycle/trash bin?