Tracy Barnett: Downtown cleanup went to waste

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On July 1, 80 Mainstreet Steamboat Springs volunteers gathered to pick up trash, wash windows, sweep sidewalks and gutters, and help make downtown sparkle for our summer guests. The effort took place over four hours and filled several dozen trash bags.

Following the Fourth of July parade, I was extremely disappointed to see that those efforts were for naught. The entire length of Lincoln Avenue was strewn with leftover beverage containers of all kinds (coffee cups, soda cups, plastic water bottles, etc.), plastic frozen pop sleeves, candy wrappers, napkins, Styrofoam containers and more. The idea of the Zero Waste float being at the end of the parade was a stroke of genius, and hopefully they will have lots more volunteers next year, all pushing/pulling waste containers to encourage the spectators to dispose of their trash responsibly.

All the trash cans along Lincoln Avenue were stuffed to the point of overflowing. Mainstreet would like to offer to sponsor more trash boxes and the disposal of the trash in them for next year’s parade. Perhaps if we make it easier for people to dispose of their trash, more trash will be disposed of appropriately. “If you pack it in, pack it out” doesn’t just apply to the wilderness.

Tracy Barnett, aka “Auntie Litter”

Mainstreet Steamboat

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