A group of Fort Stewart youth gathered to take on trash pick-up along a frequently used trail on the north side of the installation this past weekend. The trash has been accumulating for some time in a field near dumpsters that are commonly used for depositing trash from all housing communities on post.
Not only was the trash an eyesore to the community, but it could also potentially cause adverse impacts to our environment. Trash can be blown about, ingested by wildlife, and pollute the nearby stream, all negatively impacting the ecosystem.
Youth volunteer, Rye Marsh expressed that he spent the day volunteering because he wanted to help the environment stay clean and protect our plants and animals.
Each child and adult volunteer brought gloves and was given a heavy-duty trash bag. As the bags were filled, the volunteers worked harder to gather each piece of litter. From a broken dog crate, to clothing items, to the mass of plastic bags that were stuck in bushes and others that were buried beneath the mowed grass eroding into tiny bits of plastic, the volunteers did a fantastic job of working together to better the community and help the environment.
“Picking up trash is important because it helps our community and earth to be safe,” said youth volunteer, Catie Lamb. “It also helps the animals in nature so they don't eat the trash.”
Whether or not litter is disposed of correctly, everyone should take responsibility and pick up trash found your neighborhood, community parks, or on one of the great trails we have here on Fort Stewart.