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73,000 Pounds of Trash Picked Up in One Year

73,000 Pounds of Trash Picked Up in One Year

I was driving on a major freeway the other day when a friend, who lives in Europe, asked me about how our roads get cleaned and who picks up the trash. I told him about the “Adopt-a-Highway” programs and the occasional pickup by people doing community service instead of time in jail, but I’ve been noticing how dirty the highways are and that neither of these programs seems to be able to keep the roads clean. A nonprofit started by two recent college graduates is literally hoping to change the landscape.

Pick Up America is walking coast-to-coast to pick up trash and educate America about the amount of waste we produce and the amount of litter cluttering our roads, highways and parks. In 2010, the team of volunteers traveled 735 miles and removed over 73,000 pounds of trash. Along the way, they spoke at 40 schools and co-hosted more than 70 events. A primary objective in 2010 was to produce a documentary about the amount of waste on the roads and what it would take to clean it up.

In 2011, Pick Up America wants to do even more and plans to travel from Ohio to Colorado picking up trash, educating the public, working with local non-profits and raising awareness. One of their plans is to create art pieces in several major cities made out of trash they collect along the road.

You can help Pick Up America and their Bagabounds project in a couple of different ways:

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8:21AM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

Same here in UK. The roadsides are very dirty. Seems like the Western world is a bunch of litter louts whilst In Eastern Europe the streets, public transport and countryside are all more or less spotless.
Hats off to the youth of America who are trying to improve things.

6:57PM PDT on Mar 29, 2011

Wow! That's a lot of trash!

Thank you for posting.

12:21PM PDT on Mar 22, 2011

What a great bunch of people. How I wish they were in my area again in De. I would love to let them eat a hot meal and sleep in a warm bed in my home. Hope they don't give up on the aim of showing people what trash is doing to America.

10:58AM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

Thank you for posting this - I'm going to get involved. Art from trash - I'm in!

2:22AM PDT on Mar 20, 2011

It is a great thing to do. It would be even better if the public would stop throwing garbage out their windows and on the ground. It's time to grow up Americans and be responsible!

8:16PM PDT on Mar 19, 2011


6:05AM PDT on Mar 19, 2011

wow, what a wonderful thing, I like this. It's also a good way to get exercise I know that walking is very important and then you can help the environment too.

6:28AM PST on Mar 10, 2011

Great Job

9:13AM PST on Mar 9, 2011

Thanks guys! You guys are awesome!

4:16PM PST on Mar 8, 2011

@ Amanda M. Beautiful kid.

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