PLYMOUTH, Minn. — There is a trash man in Plymouth, who would not have his personal rubbish truck, however nonetheless covers numerous floor.
Armed along with his Nifty Nabber, 77-year-old Doug Eichten walks a busy, two-mile stretch of Bass Lake Street a number of instances every week.
He is been doing this for six years – impressed by the roadside trash he was seeing whereas visiting Florida. So he obtained his personal stretch of street again residence.
Every week his aim is 15 kilos of trash. Very often, he picks up much more.
“Nothing surprises me with this trash factor anymore. The amount of it continues to be unbelievable,” mentioned Eichten.
There are solely two issues he will not decide up: roadkill – for apparent causes – and cigarette butts. He says if he picked up each single a type of he’d be selecting up litter for weeks.
He is discovered pop cans, beer cans, cigarette containers and quick meals containers. Even clothes and soiled diapers.
Doug’s picked up a number of classes alongside the best way. His fundamental motive for doing this is not to make the roadways look good. It is to assist the surroundings.
“All of these items, on an honest rain, goes into the storm sewers, into the ponds, into the creeks, heads for the Mississippi. And God forbid, it makes its option to the Gulf of Mexico,” mentioned Doug. “It endangers wildlife. It is extra about that than it’s the look of it.”
So he marches on, hoping to set an instance that does not go to waste.
“I hope it is used with the kids as a educating second. As a result of there is not any want for it and it ought to be unacceptable,” mentioned Eichten. “You possibly can complain about these items, or you are able to do one thing about them.”
Doug desires to thank his neighbor Carolyn Dutton and her crew for serving to him.
For his half, Doug has worn out 4 Nifty Nabbers in six years. That is how a lot trash he is picked up.
His daughter has additionally adopted an space to choose up litter close to Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis.