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 My wife and I participated last Saturday in the trash cleanup activity organized by Councilmember Celia Barotz.

We worked in a couple of areas on East Butler near the I-40 interchange and on Huntington Drive near Wal-Mart.

We were amazed by the quantity and variety of trash we found and picked up. We found beer cans, liquor bottles, chip bags, cigarette butts, beverage cups, clothing and huge quantities of those plastic grocery bags that blow around.

After working for a couple of hours, it became obvious that Flagstaff has a large litter problem and the occasional volunteer event is not adequate. Trash pickup needs to be an on-going continuous effort by both the city and volunteers. The city council needs to allocate funding to hire staff and make that happen.

Local businesses should also be involved in trash pickup. Excessive litter around a store location is certain to be bad for business. I'm sure that most businesses regularly keep the inside of their facilities clean. Wouldn't it make sense for them to regularly clean the property around their buildings as well?

We had a large turnout of engaged citizens last weekend who took pride in the appearance of their city. If city staff and businesses also participated in keeping the city clean it would go a long way toward solving the litter problem in Flagstaff.

JEFF GOULDEN

Flagstaff

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