Hinkson Clean Sweep
COLUMBIA - Volunteers slipped on their rainboots and gloves and grabbed a bag to prepare for the seventh annual Hinkson Clean Sweep. Caroline Hoffmeyer, a member of Sisters of the Golden Rose, a service sorority on MU, helped pick up trash on the Bear Creek Trail. Caroline and 24 other volunteers spent two hours
Site captain Teressa Litchfield says some of the trash volunteers found was interesting.
"They found a couple of bed frames, a couple of porno dvds, and a bag of animal carcuses," Litchfield said.
In all seven Columbia locations, volunteers collected more than five thousand pounds of trash.
"We found a full area rug that we, it was just in the creek hanging out," said Hoffmeyer.
Litchfield added, "I thought there would just be like wrappers and small things but we found quite a bit of large things."
Large things can add up, totally more than half a ton. In just two hours, volunteers collected enough trash to complete fill one trash bin, but two hours wasn't enough time according to Hoffmeyer.
"We didn't even get through the whole area we were supposed to clean because there was so much trash that we were just going back and forth picking up," explained Hoffmeyer.
"People start littering in an area," said Litchfield. "It just seems it becomes an open invitation for everybody else to add their stuff," Litchfield said.
So before you toss toss your trash on the ground or throw your wrappers out your window, remember where they could end up.