Updated: April 10, 2021 10:35 PM
Created: April 10, 2021 03:29 PM
Collecting trash is a collective effort, and this year, participation for Keep Duluth Clean was up 30% from last year.
“We currently have about 500 people signed up,” Alaina Lawrence, events co-coordinator said.
The event goes on all weekend, so people still have time to particpate. Those who would like to sign up can do so here.
“It really takes everyone doing these big projects like this,” Lawrence said.
On Saturday, families, friends and neighbors cleaned up bottles, wrappers and more.
“We organized a little neighborhood get together,” Bobby Hahn of Duluth said. “And came up with this truck load of trash.”
Ultimately, participants are encouraged to bring trash, like that truck load, to garbage bins at Chester Bowl, Wheeler Field and Bayfront Festival Park.
In addition to improving the Northland’s appearance, organizers emphasized that the Clean Up will help better the environment.
“When people throw their litter on the side of the street, there’s storm drains and that litter can fall into the storm drain and then it can block up rivers and streams,” Lawrence said. “It’s just not ideal to have that type of pollution because no pollution is good.”
Organizers hope to get everyone involved early and participants hope to see gradual impovement in their surroundings over time.
“Hopefully as the year goes by, there is less and less trash to pick up,” Sam Odden of Duluth said.
All of the trash collected over the weekend will be weighed on Monday. WDIO will provide an update on totals then.