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Nick Mitchell puts garbage in a bag held by Isaac Atkinson while Lynden Bacon digs up some garbage behind them. It was all part of the Double D 4-H Club’s annual Earth Day cleanup on Robert Angus Drive.
AMHERST – Cigarette butts, coffee cups and, yes, at least one condom.
Those were just a few of the thousands of items thrown from vehicles onto Robert Angus Drive over the past year.
“Seriously, I’m not joking,” said 13-year-old Seth Adams, a member of the Double D 4-H Club. “I found a condom.”
Donning rubber gloves and outfitted in safety vests, rubber boots and rain gear, Adams was one of about 20 members of the Double D 4-H Club who were cleaning garbage from the ditch along both sides of Robert Angus drive Sunday afternoon.
Club members said cigarette butts and coffee cups were the biggest offenders during the cleanup.
“There’s millions of cigarette butts,” said 13-year-old Nick Mitchell.
“And ton’s of coffee cups,” added 11-year-old Isaac Atkinson.
There was also a lot of wet paper, which was very difficult to pick up.
“It just breaks up in your hand,” said 10-year-old Lynden Bacon.
The Robert Angus Drive clean up is part of the club’s annual Earth Day ritual, and 4-H members are asking people to think twice before littering.
“It makes everything look bad and it stinks,” said Bacon. “And it’s bad for the environment.”
Karen Stone, parent of club member Rebecca Stone, was helping with the cleanup as well.
She agrees with Bacon, and has an Earth Day message we should all be able to agree upon.
“Be kind to our earth,” she said. “If people put their cigarettes in their own ashtrays and their coffee cups in their own garbage there wouldn’t be much left to pick up.”