Volunteers pick up trash for Minneapolis Earth Day Clean-Up event

April 21, 2019 07:18 AM

Hundreds of people got down and dirty for the 25th annual Minneapolis Earth Day Clean-Up event Saturday.

Volunteers picked up trash at more than 35 locations throughout the city.


"It's Earth Day. It's nice to get out there. I have seen a lot of people out picking up garbage recently on the internet, so I have been wanting to get involved and actually participate myself in that," said Carson DeSotel, a University of Minnesota student.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board partnered with the City of Minneapolis for the event.

"We got people cleaning up everywhere there is water. Streams, creeks, rivers, lakes, whatever," said Tom Kilton, the Prospect Park Earth Day coordinator.

Kilton has been involved since Day One.

"You clean up, you get the comradery and hopefully, if you get enough young people down here, they understand that they shouldn't be littering, they shouldn't be throwing stuff in the gutter," said Kilton.

Since 2008, more than 20,000 people have removed more than 160,000 pounds of garbage. Kilton says the goal is less trash to pick up every year.

"I am overwhelmed. We are going to have difficulty. People are going to literally fill up this much of their bag and not find anything else and that's good," said Kilton.

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