SOLVE aims to remove 5 Packys worth of trash in cleanup

This is SOLVE's 33rd annual fall Beach and Riverside Cleanup

Some of the thousands who helped clean Oregon beaches in 2015 with SOLVE (KOIN, file)
Some of the thousands who helped clean Oregon beaches in 2015 with SOLVE (KOIN, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — On Saturday morning KOIN employees and thousands of Oregonians will volunteer to clean up the state.

This is SOLVE’s 33rd annual fall Beach and Riverside Cleanup.

It’s a giant task, cleaning up the state, but with the help of thousands of volunteers, SOLVE does just that every fall.

At last year’s cleanup, 32 tons of trash was removed from neighborhoods, parks and waterways. For perspective, that’s the same weight as 5 Packys at the Oregon Zoo.

Several volunteers, including Becca Strom, started cleaning up a little early this year, removing litter from Old Town.

“[We’ve cleaned] a lot of cigarette butts, little scraps of paper and wrappers,” Strom said.

Those little pieces of debris are problematic because they wash into storm drains, which eventually lead to rivers and streams.

Volunteers range from families to local businesses and sponsors like the Oregon Lottery.

About 15% of the lottery pie is donated to environmental causes like SOLVE.

There are 108 cleanups taking place. People are still welcome and encouraged to sign up.

The KOIN team will be cleaning up at Cannon Beach on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For a list of locations or to sign up, click here. If someone can’t make it this weekend, there are other cleanups scheduled throughout the fall.

Volunteers work to clean up Oregon. September 22, 2016, (SOLVE)
Volunteers work to clean up Oregon. September 22, 2016, (SOLVE)

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