We humans have been unconcernedly lofting machinery into space for 50 years, and now we're beginning to have a litter problem. What goes up doesn't necessarily come down, in fact, in space it tends to zip around on it's own orbit. You have got to click on the picture above to see how much stuff is up there!
Many abandoned satellites break up, either due to collisions or explosions, increasing the amount of litter, and decreasing our ability to track it all. If a satellite orbiting the earth explodes, you end up with a debris cloud orbiting the earth. The picture above shows the debris cloud after two days of orbiting.
No litter on Whidbey Island, but above us?