Along with the trash (mostly paper and plastic), we always find a few treasures, tidbits and oddities.

Below are samples from the most recent litter pickups.I have been cataloguing these finds since 2008.

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April 2017

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer's badge. We have contacted the local office to see if we need to return it.    A silly yellow ball. Our cats love it!    Three $10 gifts cards from St. Vincent de Paul for groceries. We will mail them back.
A slice of 7-11 pepperoni pizza. The box was nearby.   Nine four-pack cartons that held Gallo Chardonnay   17 of the empties from the cartons. Who goes out onto a freeway interchange to party?
    A unopened jar of "Squash Blossom" air freshner   Oh, the irony. A slip of paper announcing School Beautification Day, when participants would be picking up litter around their school.
A PlayStation game -- CD inside.   A bottle of strawberry flavored warming massage lotion - woo-hoo! Not found anywhere near the empty Gallo bottles and pizza.   A tiny glass Grey Goose vodka bottle (penny shows relative size).


We actually don't know what this is. It's made of a medium-stiff plastic - flexible, but not easily torn.





March 2017

Most of our crew (one member had left and one was taking the photo) at The Alameda with the 10 bags we filled. Kelly is in front with her foot on the roll of building material that she said had "mocked me for months" by the side of the on-ramp that she takes to work every day. It won't be there to mock her any longer!

A teensy figurine (see the penny next to it). It's amazing that Sabine even saw it with all the litter around it.    A sun hat in great condition. And I need a new one!
A few of the many hundreds of business cards (along with the box they came in).   Two photo keychain souvenirs. There is a teensy photograph inside the white lid and, if you look through the lens on the other end, you see the photo magnified. These were distributed by Walden West Outdoor School to some of their students.

Beautiful blue glass bottles. There is evidently a big Blue Solar Bottle craze that claims oodles of health benefits from putting water in blue glass bottles out in the sun for a few hours and then drinking the water. Interesting websites here and here. According to one site: "The blue glass and UV light will change the vibration of the water and clear your 5th chakra, the one associated with your throat." Who knew!? These bottles sell for $8.95 for a 16 oz bottle (a case of 12 is $67.80)! You can also use them if you home brew your own beer. And we found them, unbroken, on the highway!

A clearly
$100 bill.


I was mystified by the number of these Arrowhead water jugs we found. We typically find 5-6 similar jugs on a morning pick-up. This time we collected 26 of them!   See the close up of the jugs? Almost all of them had a number (54B, 56B, 59A) and a date in October or November of 2016. More mysteries!


This was Crista's really hilarious find. It was a Peppermint Bark box with $1.78 in change, a small statue of a donkey, and a child's letter to Santa. Below is a close-up of the letter.

At left is Toby's addendum to his letter!

  And the tiny statue of a donkey, probably from a Christmas creche, that was in the Peppermint Bark box.

February 2017

A jar of Marie's Cream Caesar salad dressing, opened, but very little used.    A Disney character doll?    A silicone mold for making a teddy bear cake
A green polka dot bow tie   A yellow Chevy Camaro toy car   A soup mug (one small chip)
A power strip   A Spider Man toy    



January 2017 (no pickup - we were rained out!)


I have been cataloguing these finds since 2008. If you want to see even MORE of them....

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