A 59-year-old resident of Decatur, Ill., straps on his rollerblades, leashes the dogs, grabs his rolling trash can and hits the streets twice a day to pick up litter around town.
Pickrel’s waste collection efforts are done out of the goodness of his own heart. He doesn’t get paid for his efforts, but he has gained respect from locals.
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danielray Pickrel thinks deep thoughts hunting litter while zipping from place to place on inline skates pulled by two mongrel dogs.
Pickrel, 59, a sometimes artist with a muse for creating a better world, looks like a poor man's Ben-Hur on downtown Decatur's sidewalks, harnessed to the trusty pooches and shoving the trash he finds into a refugee grass-catcher liberated from a lawnmower or a garbage can on wheels.
Pickrel says whether we go the dog and skates route or use some other form of locomotion, our society needs to create and incentivize people to do lots of basic tasks such as trash pickup. He says the job pool we have is disappearing, and yet many simple, socially useful tasks go begging and unpaid.