Cleaning the earth

Cigarettes and candy wrappers were among the items removed from local parks and bike paths on Tuesday.
Krystle Wagner
Apr 23, 2014


In honor of Earth Day, more than 250 volunteers worked together during the Bike Path Clean Up run by the Holmes Parents Club and the Jeffers Parents Organization. Volunteers cleaned up paths and trails throughout Spring Lake Township and public access points.

Event organizer Jessica Vander Ark said the event was a good way for families to get outdoors after a long winter, and it helped teach children good habits.

“It’s nice when people show they want to help,” she said.

Members of local Girl Scout Troop 4019 joined parents, students and community members during the event. Girl Scout Emily Fett said they did it to rid the area of trash.

“Because I love my Earth,” the third-grader said was her personal reason for helping.

Another Girl Scout, Alaina Wahl, said they cleaned up the area to prevent wildlife from getting injured and to keep the trash from entering the water.

“It makes me feel awesome inside because we’re helping to keep the Earth clean,” the third-grader said.



You notice the word,s Cigarette and candy wrappers are first words that come to mind, you forgot dog poop !!!


It is the dog owners' responsibility to bag their dog feces. It is not an environmental hazard, and thus not trash.


It is also a smokers responsibility to keep their mess off the public grounds. (field strip them and put them in your pocket) Don't we have laws against littering which includes candy wrappers? We should all take care of our public land as if it were our own front yard.


Smoking is allowed at city parks? People should be less selfish on public land where families go to recreate, I love dogs but not stepping on their poop or having to clean up after someone elses dog. I agree it is not trash but the health issues from feces could be scary enough alone...hats off to the girl scouts for their efforts!


As well as it's the candy eaters and smokers responsibility to pick up their trash, wrappers and butts also will decompose just like dog poop, so by your definition they aren't environmental hazards either. They BOTH need to be more responsible for their trash.


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