Monday, October 18, 2010

EGO's Rail Trail Cleanup

The weekend directly following midterms is a time for throwing yourself upon your bed or couch and not moving for 48 hours. It is also a time for picking up trash along the Rail Trail. Well, that’s how some members of EGO spent the weekend anyway.

On Saturday, October 16th, 10 members of EGO (along with one spouse, one father, and two dogs) met at the Marilla Park Office in Sabraton to clean up part of the Rail Trail. The park staff provided us with gloves and trash bags, and we set out in 2 groups to pick up trash.

We spent 1 1/2 hours picking up cigarette butts, plastic and glass bottles, empty bags, and tires. Some of the more notable treasures included:
• a Yankees hat
• a railroad spike
• an entire bicycle
• miscellaneous hubcaps
• Mr. Potato Head lips

We also experienced some harrowing experiences of extreme trash cleanup that entailed collaboration (and, more specifically, a human chain).

Photos and commentary provided by Allison Hitt, EGO secretary.


  1. It's amazing how excited you start getting about finding a really large, or really "interesting," piece of trash. Trash picking definitely involves its own frame of mind...

  2. I was wondering where those Mr. Potato Head lips went to. You guys kept those, right?