Lansing residents Omar Karim and Michael McCallum both noticed on separate daily walks that trash and garbage along their routes was getting in the way of an otherwise enjoyable form of fitness.
The pair have decided to make it their mission to change that.
“We are hoping to get folks out every week to do a walk and pick up the trash and take photos and videos of the progress to share on social media,” McCallum said.
The initiative starts Aug. 8 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Michigan Capitol.
“Our goal is to clean up the area and have some sense of community and love for Lansing,” McCallum said, adding that the hope is that other cities follow suit.
Karim and McCallum plan to organize one-hour trash pickups followed by a short gathering to socialize and share ideas that will help improve the area. The organizers are encouraging participation through not only trash pickup but by sharing photos with the hashtag #PickUpLansing.
Volunteers are asked to bring their own trash bags for the pickup. Volunteers should also practice social distancing and wear masks, as well as have gloves and sanitizer on hand.
For more information, look for the Facebook event invitation here.