On this nice sunny warm day (one of a couple warm days while in MD) I decided to hike Patapsco State Park in Elkridge, where my oldest son lives.
On the bathrooms where I park I saw this Trash-Free Parks sign that got my interest.
What it means is is that there are no rubbish cans and they have this dispenser for a trash bag for you to use for your trash and then drive home or some other place to leave your trash there.
I don't live here and although staying with my son, I stopped at a Subway Restaurant for lunch and dropped off my trash there.
I did pay to get in the park and people can pay to rent picnic area pavilion, but still no rubbish cans.
See below what happens during my hike.
This is a nice well used park in a steep valley making a hike with elevation possible for a great workout.
Here is my hike of 6.4 miles with over 600 ft of elevation change to get my cardio going.
Back to trash free; when I got to the main road I stopped to look around before hiking the road back to my car.
I hear a conversation between a man and woman about what to do with they dogs poo the woman had picked up in her hand with a plastic bag. She was looking for a rubbish can and found a similar trash free sign. The man says in a sense of frustration other to take it into the woman's bathroom and toss it in the toilet. She said no and a short conversation occurred and ended with her carrying the poo with her.
Although I did not see a lot of trash on the ground, I don't think having a park for recreation that you pay to get in or pay for a pavilion should pass on the trash to others where the trash was generated.
I'm sure that I am not the only person to leave my trash at some other business after leaving this park. All that happened was to have the trash removal get passed on to others.
I get the impression that they are using the concept of pack-in, pack-out used for hiking to the whole park.
Could you imagine a roadside rest area with no trash cans? In my opinion managing a park comes with dealing with trash.