The trash has surfaced with the melting snow and Saturday’s warm up provided a perfect opportunity to clean up.
Volunteers with non-profit, CleanMKE spent hours picking up trash along Lake Drive, Lincoln Memorial Drive and parts of Bradford Beach.
“We think trash begets trash, so by getting rid of some of it, you make so that people aren’t continuing to litter and it stays away,” said Jacob Marek, who founded the group with two others recently.
“This is the city that I live in so might as well clean it up,” said 19-year-old Joseph Williams, another founder. “Someone has to take initiative you know,” he continued. Saturday was the group’s first clean up event in the city.
Mostly beer bottles and cigarette butts filled up volunteers’ trash bags. For the first event, about ten people showed up to help. The group hopes more volunteers will join their efforts in the future.
“I think just having anyone show up was huge for us,” said Matthew Reda.
CleanMKE wants more volunteers or donations if you can’t give your time.