Tremont Trash Patrol

It only took us 13 years......four to five days a week my husband and I walk through our Cleveland neighborhood of Tremont for exercise and to check out what's happening close to us. Often, after seeing a stray plastic bottle or empty beer can I'd think "I should bring a bag and pick up trash when we walk" and then finally this summer (2014) we did. Now we collect at least a large outdoor trash bag every day we walk, never going further than a mile from our house. And, after reading stories about how the trash eventually ends up in the sewers (which in 200 yr old towns like Cleveland all have overflow issues) and go right into the lakes & rivers, I am now obsessed with helping keep the earth healthier by doing our tiny part. My goal is to raise $250
 to buy enough Grip & Grabs, trash bags and neon shirts that say Volunteer Tremont Trash Patroller and get a group of neighbors together at least once a month (in mown snowy months) so where are 20 of us cleaning and we make a dent.  How cool would it be to see a mound of trash headed for the landfill instead of into the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie every week Who wants to help?

Litter & Trash Pick-Up

$145 of $100
3 Stakeholders

Additional Instructions/Directions To The Project

2633 W. 11th Street Cleveland Ohio 44113
Apparently, the city of Cleveland's budget doesn't include running the street sweeper on a regular basis anymore, so it's up to us. One day it would be nice to be able to a team of the Clean & Safe Ambassadors (like on downtown and Ohio City) and put people to work who need the money and make our neighborhoods beautiful? That is just a dream at this point, but I want to make it happen eventually

Project Updates

Updated almost 3 years ago
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Why do people think that freeway exits are their giant trash cans? We removed about 20 lbs of trash off the I-490 West exit onto W. 7th into our Cleveland neighborhood. I have never in my life rolled down my window and tossed my McDonald's bag or 20 oz plastic Coke bottle onto a street......why is this acceptable? Our thought is that trash begets trash. If you see a street covered in litter, it must mean no one cares, so why not toss your trash down also? But if it's clean, has flowers growing nearby and looks cared for, will people think twice about throwing their Slim Jim wrappers and styrofoam food containers on the ground? That is what we are betting on. We'll let you know.

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Updated almost 3 years ago
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We joke that Now & Later's are the bain of our trash collecting as every single candy in the pack has a wrapper that a kid can throw on the ground and it creates a litter trail a block long. We vote to eliminate candies with individual wrappers. 

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Updated almost 3 years ago
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Public spaces are the worst as no one really feels responsible for them. We all think the city cleans the parks, public parking lots, etc. but in reality I think it is so low on the priority scale of a big city like Cleveland, that just getting the trash cans emptied before they are overflowing is a big win. We all have to pitch in and keep our city clean. Wish those who roll down their window and toss their lunch and cigarette butts out the window felt the same way.

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Updated almost 3 years ago
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After a holiday weekend our neighborhood in Cleveland really needs attention. Shout out to Polish League of American Veterans Post #58 on Professor Street. Your patrons use the ashtrays you provide on the sidewalk and your "front yard" looks great. THANK YOU

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Updated almost 3 years ago
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Later sunrise and lots of leaves already on ground make picking up trash on morning walks before work a bit challenging....we finally pulled out a map of our neighborhood and will work in a more organized fashion to keep our Tremont streets clean.

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Updated almost 3 years ago
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Beautiful night for a walk, picked up 4 heaping bags of trash that will NOT go into the sewers and our waterways as a result. Frustrating to watch a woman look at me pick up litter, then step right over the Cleveland phone book that someone left on her front lawn about 100 years ago and go inside. PICK IT UP AND THROW IT AWAY, it's really not that hard lady

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Updated over 2 years ago
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two block sweep produced stuffed bag of plastic, busted cellphone, cigarette butts, diapers and candy wrappers that will never end up in the sewers.

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Updated over 2 years ago
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Who says people who pick up litter don't get occasional rewards - we found a FULL beer (ok, not really drinking it) a nickel and a working pen on our rounds this week.

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Updated over 2 years ago
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Dreaming of how we can inspire others to join in us keeping our neighborhood free of litter.....everyone says thank you as we walk by, but we want to create  a groundswell of other volunteers who all pitch in and help. Ideas?

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Updated over 2 years ago
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another 10 lbs of trash picked up by just 2 people in 90 minutes. Who wants to help? We will supply the bags, Grip & Grabs and may even buy you a beer afterwards!

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Updated over 2 years ago
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Christmas weekend - doesn't trash with holiday bows in it make it easier to pick up. Got two huge bags today and only went one block in each direction from our house! 59 and sunny made it a pleasure to go for a walk with Grabber and bags.

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Updated about 2 years ago
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Cleaned up the trash and winter leaves from Lincoln Park in Tremont today. Thanks Dan Leamon & Dan Petricig for helping to organize

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2 Comments

Posted almost 3 years ago
Portland march 10 3

Hi Margy:
This is Cinthia from creeklife.com.  I just sent you a facebook message which is in your "other" folder. We will be featuring your project on our facebook page tomorrow and it would be great if you like our page so the post will show up in your newsfeed and generate some more interest in your good work!

Posted over 2 years ago
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Seriously, how do you get other people involved? Just the two of us picking up trash is not changing habits of those who litter, convincing others to pitch in and help....what else can we do?

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