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Hi! I'm 77 and I have a passion for picking up litter. I enjoy promoting litter prevention and encouraging citizens to take pride in their community and keep it litter free.

I'll never forget the day in 1987 when I first noticed litter. It was a real eye opener, an ugly sight. I felt the urge to clean it up and I have been picking up litter ever since.

Later on, I was inspired by an article I read written by a lady that picked up litter while getting her walking exercise. Hmmm, I thought to myself, I can do that. So I started keeping our neighborhood clean by picking up the litter while getting my walking exercise. I found that with my reach extender, I can grab the litter and put it into the bag without even breaking my stride.  The challenge made it fun and the exercise got me motivated to walking daily.

This keeps the road clean and gives me something to do that makes a difference.  It makes me feel good. I call this; exercise that produces quick results!

Take a look at the roadside in your community. If it is littered, cleaning it up can be so rewarding. If it's too much to handle by yourself, organize a community cleanup by asking your friends and neighbors to help. If it's a mile or more, contact your county Dept. of Transportation. Most likely they will be glad to furnish you with some large trash bags and safety vest to use and also pick up the bags of trash for disposal.

This is an inspiring website to get you started:


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