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Wherever trash appears on streets and in parks, SOLVE steps forward: This time, it was at Sellwood Riverfront Park

DAVID F. ASHTON - The many volunteers at this SOLVE Pick It Up, Portland! cleanup at Sellwood Riverfront Park were instructed by SOLVE Program and Sustainability Manager Aleksandra Evert on just what to pick up - and what to leave alone. Although it was substantially past this year's "Earth Day", those looking for a meaningful way to spend a day outdoors while contributing to the environment spent Friday morning, June 24, at SOLVE's "Pick It Up, Portland!" cleanup at Sellwood Riverfront Park.

Waves of volunteers arrived that morning to receive an orientation, be outfitted with gloves and "litter pickers", and be sent into the park beside the Willamette River.

"I'm told this area gets a lot of use; and consequently, a lot of litter gets left behind — which is why we're here," explained Liz Hay, wo described herself as a "SOLVE chronic volunteer".

"It's great to see families come and bring their kids to enjoy the beautiful scenery and the water," Hay observed. "And picking up trash helps, so it doesn't contaminate the ground or find its way into the river."

Asked how far volunteers were spreading out from the park, Hay replied, "As far as people want to go!"

As it turned out 56 adults and 11 young people gathered 45 bags of trash -- and one discarded tire.

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