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Prescott Litter Lifters Never Run Out of Work

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Litter Lifter volunteer Mike Gjede truck filled after one hour of pick up on Pioneer Parkway, Prescott AZ.

Sedona AZ (May 13, 2015) – Many visitors to Prescott, Arizona comment on how clean and beautiful the town is. As in every city, keeping the roadways clean is a special challenge.

You may see crews wearing orange shirts picking up trash along the highways and streets around Prescott on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. These dedicated volunteers are the Prescott Litter Lifters.

The Litter Lifters are passionate about keeping the roadways of “Everybody’s Home Town” litter free. They cover 60 miles of city, county and state roadways on a rotating schedule. Last year, the Litter Lifters picked up 1183 bags of trash and logged 1026 worker hours!

The number one litter problem? Beer cans and alcohol bottles. These roadside aluminum cans and metal scraps are recycled by the Litter Lifter volunteers and last year brought in $380. This money is sometimes donated to local charities.

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Prescott AZ Litter Lifters never run out of work!

Surprisingly, in this wild fire country the Litter Lifters report finding hundreds of cigarette butts carelessly discarded into the highly flammable ditches. Other common litter items include tire shards, fast food containers, construction debris and plastic bags. Old mattresses, broken furniture and other household items fall from uncovered trucks and shatter on the road. Occasionally, a cell phone or credit card is found and the owner contacted. It is not unusual to find money and once $158 in cash was found strewn along the highway. Each August, the Litter Lifters display some of their finds at the Prescott Library.

Interested in helping the Litter Lifters? Contact Don Edick at 928-771-2690.

Everyone can contribute to a beautiful environment. When walking or hiking carry a plastic grocery bag and if you see a piece of trash or discarded can or bottle PLEASE PICK IT UP!

Prescott Litter Lifter Coordinators Farrish Sharon, Don Edick and Nancy Piehl contributed this SedonaEye.com article.

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  1. My email to Don and others:

    Don and Prescott Litter Lifters,

    Hope you saw this link, we’re trying to get more and more litter recovery groups to post their events and news with the SedonaEyE.com and other community newspapers in an effort to attract more participants, educators, elected officials, businesses and residents to get involved.



    Could you imagine if every Adopt-A-Highway/Road program and group including the Prescott Litter Lifters, “America the Beautiful & BagReadyJobs” participants, Keep Sedona Beautiful members, Stewards of the Land members all participated in cleanups on the thirds Saturday of February, May, August and November?

    Just think about the message all of those people and bags of litter on the highway would be “We all care” would be one message.

    Next event “August 15, 2015” let’s all promote this date, make it a community, Yavapai County and Arizona EVENT!

    Gary Chamberlain
    Folksville USA News
    “America the Beautiful & BagReadyJobs”
    Empowering our nation’s youth

  2. The following message and results sent to me by the Prescott Litter Lifter shows how much they care about the image of Arizona and how little others care.

    First 6 months of 2015 collected 540 bags while working 45 days
    Total number of workers for those 45 days was 485

    2014 was 706 bags, 50 working days, 563 workers

    2013 was 263 bags, 47 working days, 261 workers

    2012 was 508 bags, 49 working days, 483 workers

    2011 was 403 bags, 42 working days, 499 workers

    2010 was 306 bags, 42 working days, 350 workers



    Gary Chamberlain
    FVUSA News – Freelance Writer
    “America the Beautiful & BagReadyJobs”
    Empowering our nation’s youth

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