Volunteers collected almost 1,500 bags of trash Saturday in the city’s annual Clean Up Columbia service day.
About 1,200 volunteers went to sites around the city, trash bags in hand. Leigh Britt is the Neighborhood Services Manager of Columbia, and says the city came together in the 17th annual event.
“It’s really encouraging to think that while you as an individual might be volunteering that there are literally hundreds of people all over town who are also volunteering so I think that builds community pride and really a feeling of impact," Britt said.
Churches, scout troops and collegiate groups cleaned parks, trails and rivers. This year, the groups were told to collect cigarette butts separately. The butts were then sent to MU to be recycled through a special program.