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This is an instructable detailing how to put together a small kit, easily carried, for picking up litter.

So, this past Earth Day, I wracked my brain, trying to think of a practical way to be a part of something bigger. I wanted to do something, anything, to be less of a problem, more of a solution. I brainstormed for hours while I should have been working. Finally, this is what I came up with. It is a small, self -contained 'kit' that is to be mounted on any stick up to 3/4 inch in diameter, making a convenient litter spike that, when not in use, can be put inside it's outer container for easy storage and carry. Another, slightly less Earth friendly reason to make and carry one of these, is, in a survival situation, this kit makes an easy to assemble spear or frog gig, for harvesting fish or small animals.

Here in Summit county, Ohio, we have readily available access to many, many hiking trails and state parks. As if the beauty of the parks, and the wonderful exercise weren't enough, the parks offer at least one other draw to get people out there, hiking. They call it the Fall Hiking Spree. Upon completion, the first year hiker receives a badge to commemorate the year, and a hiking staff to display it on. Annually, hikers are awarded a new badge for their hiking efforts, to proudly display on their staff. The dimensions of the kit are based on my own rewarded hiking staff.
 
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po'donnell21 month ago

You know, I may try this using PVC, should be a little lighter and be less likely to run into the "pipe bomb" concern. I love to hike and often collect trash on the return leg. I've been looking for something I could carry without having to pack a whole separate tool. With this method I should be able to attach it to either my mono-pod or staff depending on which I'm carrying.

hailtothkngbby (author)  po'donnell21 month ago

Be sure to post some pics and let us know how it turned out! I only opted against pvc, because I had planned on cutting threads for the spike and eye bolts. I was afraid pvc threads just wouldn't hold up. I suppose you could epoxy some hex nuts to the tube in place of tapping the holes. Keep us posted!

paulijames3 years ago
OUTSTANDING!!! Great idea and very well written i'ble. This will make camp site clean-up quick and easy. Thanks.
hailtothkngbby (author)  paulijames1 year ago
Thanks for the feedback!
stephenf1 year ago
Very Nice. Simple. Affordable. USEFUL! Much easier to carry than the grabber.
What are the eyebolts for?
hailtothkngbby (author)  stephenf1 year ago
They lock the pipe to whatever staff you decide to use.
Ian013 years ago
Two suggestions for anyone building one of these:
1. Put two strips of metal (curved lengthwise) or a piece of inner tube between the eye bolts and the stick, to protect the stick's surface. The metal would just sit in the pipe; the inner tube might need to be stretched around the stick first.
2. Paint the outside of the pipe green and put a sticker on it saying something like:
LITTER KIT
NOT A BOMB
because it does look a lot like a pipe bomb. Green means both environmentally friendly and inert (in the context of explosives).
this is great, when I go fishing I carry a plastic water bottle that has walmart bags stuffed in it, usually 12 and I tie it to my tackle box. this would really help so Im not sore the next day!
piperjon4 years ago
This is fantastic! When I worked on litter crew for the highway department (not community service, either), I would have LOVED to have this contraption. Much better than the nail-in-a-stick we were all issued.

My only question will undoubtedly show my ignorance. What are the eye bolts for? Aiming reticle? Artistic balance?

Great job! - Pj
hailtothkngbby (author)  piperjon4 years ago
The eyebolts are there to hold it on the end of the stick. You tighten them down to clamp onto whatever staff you are using. However, I love the aiming reticle train of thought.
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hailtothkngbby (author)  DELETED_One.4 years ago
I suppose it could be in the wrong hands...In my hands, its only dangerous to litter!
this can be a geocaching tool so when you see rubbish you can get rid of it with ease.
p.s I don't see how i could have a stick in my backpack unless i destroy an umbrella so how do you think there can be a stick included
hailtothkngbby (author)  james.mcglashan5 years ago
I usually carry a walking stick with me on hikes and geocaching. However, the beauty of this is, if you don't have one, any hardwood stick, moderately straight, up to 3/4 inch thick will work. You just tighten it down on the end, exactly like you would for a walking stick or cane.
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hailtothkngbby (author)  james.mcglashan5 years ago
The bag is actually the most convenient receptacle for the litter you pick up with this kit.
that looks cool
hailtothkngbby (author)  clarkshooter5 years ago
Thanks! It reminds me of an old-time hypodermic needle.
artwhite5 years ago
bolt or weld an angle iron to look like the Letter "V" and lay the pipe in it and restrain it with a pair of vise grips. Center punch the location of you hole pretty deep to stop the drill bit from trying to walk off the pipe and the start very slowly
hailtothkngbby (author)  artwhite5 years ago
Thanks for the tip! I'm sure the readers appreciate it. Unfortunately, I am so darned impatient, I rarely do things the 'smart' or 'safe' way. It usually ends with me starting over from scratch. I guess one of these days I'll learn, but until then I sort of just wing it until I'm elbow deep in trouble, ha!
Tried it got pulled over cop searched my trunk found it had my lie on the pavement behind his car then i over heard him call the for bomb squad assist.. after i explained what it was. he did not think it as funny as me. let off with warning. should make a bunch and go to work talking and yelling at myself
hailtothkngbby (author)  mkirbysplace5 years ago
See, I was banking on the fact that most people would think it was noble to pick up litter. How wrong I was.
Those people who do community service on the highway will love this.
hailtothkngbby (author)  Yerboogieman5 years ago
Here in Ohio, that trash pickup is usually on a court mandated basis... We should probably avoid giving them well sharpened, easily concealed stabbing devices, LOL! Maybe theGreen Grabber litter tongs would be more up their alley.
Yeah, they'll have something up their alley if they go to prison.
hailtothkngbby (author)  Yerboogieman5 years ago
*DING!*
Kush_Slayer5 years ago
lol you can also use it to stab people
hailtothkngbby (author)  Kush_Slayer5 years ago
I wouldn't recommend it. Thats assault, and maybe a pepper.
bmarshall795 years ago
This was an awesome kit. I bought all the parts and pre-drilled all the holes then took a couple of taps and enough broom stick replacements to our local green camp for earth day. I set up as a "for the camp" booth at the festival being help that weekend and got the more mechanically inclined people to help me finish about 30 by Sunday afternoon. They were all donated to the camp and have since been put into serious use. When you go for a hike on the trails you are seriously encouraged to grab a stick from the bucket and a kit from the basket to use during your hike. When you are finished you put you kit in the "used basket and your trash bag in the bin next to everything.
hailtothkngbby (author)  bmarshall795 years ago
Wow! Reading your comment has really made my day. I am unbelievably happy that someone has a use for this! Thanks!
cyz9803135 years ago
hahahhah nice! kinda looks like a pipe bomb!
hailtothkngbby (author)  cyz9803135 years ago
I thought that too! I figured, if anyone of authority asked, I could just show them what it was, and then I'd probably be off the hook.
NachoMahma5 years ago
. Excellent idea. Excellent iBle. . I'd like to see a picture of how you supported/restrained the pipe when drilling the side holes. . A picture of the unit mounted on the staff would be helpful for those that can't play videos. . How about using PVC for the pipe and caps as an alternative?
hailtothkngbby (author)  NachoMahma5 years ago
. Thanks! . I actually restrained it with my foot. Not the most efficient method, but it worked. . I'll post one later today. . I thought about PVC, but because I wanted to make this as strong as I could, and I wanted to include the survival use, I figured I would have to sacrifice the weight of the steel for the inherent solidity. I haven't tried one out of PVC, but I think a couple of good stabs would probably destroy the threads in the holes.
. You may want to mention that using your foot, instead of a vise or other clamping device, is not the safest way to do it. . . I was thinking that if the staff were butted up against the internal end of the screw/spike, the stresses of stabbing wouldn't be too great on the retaining bolts. But I'm no Engineer. ;)
hailtothkngbby (author)  NachoMahma5 years ago
That was the reason for including the hex nut on the spike. So that when the spike is screwed in, the hex nut would be against the face of the cap, thereby absorbing most of the impact. I'll add that safety point now. One can never be too careful....
frollard5 years ago
Cool writeup on a simple idea! I like it!
hailtothkngbby (author)  frollard5 years ago
Thanks!
seanm29a5 years ago
Neat idea. What about using a wing-nut on the bottom of the spike instead of the regular one? It'd probably make the spike even easier to attach and detach.
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