People from all over the community, including a group of students from Lucy Addison Middle School, headed out for this year's Fall Waterways Cleanup. The students volunteered their time to clean up several areas, including Lick Run at Booker T. Washington Park, near their school.
"They were shocked at the amount of bottles and cans we pulled out of lick run. there was a lot of trash in the water," says teacher, Joanna Reese.
This is the 3rd year Nick English has taken part in the clean up event, but he says it hasn't gotten any less gross over time.
Littering is a major issue, not just in our area, but nationwide. According to Keep America Beautiful, an anti-littering organization, more than 51 billion pieces of litter land on U.S. roadways each year. This costs more than $11.5 billion in cleanup.
Today's volunteers saw just a tiny portion of that massive problem.
"We filled 6 bags full of trash just in the two block area near Booker T. Washington park," says Reese. "A couple of tires some hubcaps, pipes, lots and lots of bottles and cans cigarette butts trash from fast food restaurants. The majority of stuff we found were things like that."
"I think it's a good thing to do," says English. "It's helpful to the community to keep it clean, we don't have to waste other people's time cleaning when we have the chance to do it right now."
Cleaning up after other people is a lesson teachers hope these students will keep in mind.