2021 Trash Pick-up at Brockway Mountain

On April 30th, Martin Mueller finished his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering. To celebrate his degree and start going into the world, he volunteered to help pick up trash at Brockway Mountain in Copper Harbor, Michigan the very next day. For two hours, Martin picked up one and a half bags worth of trash in just one area (he was tasked to work at the peak of the mountain). The majority of the trash were cans and bottles that seems to be from the 1960s (based on the design and doing some research). They were rusty and partly broken down, but still visible from the ground.

Other volunteers also helped pick up trash in the same area and along various of points of the mountain. The amount of trash that were found in just two hours was just surprising to hear. It does get me wondering on how those trash were generated. Were they thrown out by the public? Blown away without people noticing (there are often high winds on top of the mountain)? I will not know exactly. But today is just one of many days where clean up is conducted on Brockway Mountain. Below are some photos that I took while picking up trash and enjoying the view of the area behind Copper Harbor.

Articles – One City and One Individual Collecting Trash from Oceans and Sewage

One of the problems of trash is the among of it leaving the streets and into the water ways. Thousands of pounds are slipping past us with or without us realizing it. Companies, cities, organizations, and individuals are coming up with solutions that makes collecting trash easier for everyone. How they do it are unique to each other.

The city of Kwinana focus on the sewerage where waste leaves near water way. By using nets to test how many pounds of trash could be collected. To see the results from these tests, click on the link below.

City of Kwinana initiative nets impressive results

Meanwhile a man named Boyan Slat focuses on cleaning up the oceans and figuring out ways to capture the trash before it arrives to the ocean. He founded and runs The Ocean Cleanup project. He started the project in 2018. His goal is for his company to clean up 90% of ocean plastic pollution. He lean how their project work and their progress, you can visit the article and their website below

Ocean Cleanup steams out to sea in test run to clean Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Ocean Cleanup official website

Articles – Plogging in Pune and Mysuru

In 2016, the concept of plogging formed in Sweden. Over the years, it spreads to countries. People and organizations come together to clean up their streets that contains trash. Two cities in India particularly are starting to have their streets trash-free through plogging. In Pune, a group of youngsters have collected 30,000 kg of trash over a four month time period. In Mysuru, the city has ran the first-ever ploggathon earlier this month, and collected over 400 kg of single-use plastic waste.

More details on these groups and their mission can be found be clicking on the links below.

Pune: Ploggers clean Mutha’s banks one stretch at a time

On a mission to clean Mysuru, citizens go plogging

Plogging – The New Type of Exercise

Recently, people in America have been partaking in “the Swedish fitness craze” called plogging. For those who have not heard what it is, it is a type of exercise that involves jogging and picking up trash. All a jogger needs is their running shoes and a bag (or just their hands) to plog. What plogging does not only promotes on cleaning the environment, but also gets people to exercise at the same time.

To read more into plogging, click on the link below.

Article: ‘Ploggin’ is the Swedish fitness craze for people who want to save the planet. It’s making its way to the U.S.

When comparing plogging to Pick’n Run’s motto (cleaning the world one run at a time), they are exactly the same.

Trash at the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot Race

Running a 5 miler race (the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot) in the morning and having turkey for lunch on Thanksgiving in Texas is such an enjoyable day. I flew from Houghton, Michigan to Austin, Texas to spend my Thanksgiving with my family. During my stay in Texas, I ran a race with one of our prototype backpacks — the first prototype, which I had not tested in awhile. Continue Reading →

Article: Why Japan Wants Your Junk

With China no longer accept recyclable items from recycling programs and companies sometime soon, Japan “may be the first to seize the opportunity.” It is especially environmentally friendlier  and cheaper when “mining” electronic wastes. Large amount of minerals are collected at a much cheaper labor cost than actually digging a mine. How much minerals is actually is actually extraordinary. You can read more about it and a solution to China’s blockage in imported recyclables in the link below.

Article: Why Japan Wants Your Junk

Article: Woah! Seattle Kept 2 Million Plastic Straws Out of the Ocean in 1 Month

Actor and environmentalist Adrian Grenier created a campaign called Strawless in Seattle to eliminate the use of straws. Seattle participated in it, and in September alone, “over 2 million plastic straws were eliminated from the city.” Seattle citizens, 150+ Seattle business, restaurants, and venues participated in it to help reduce the amount of trash from plastic straws.

Article: Woah! Seattle Kept 2 Million Plastic Straws Out of the Ocean in 1 Month – Here’s How

Since plastic straws are one of the smallest single-use items that we throw away (Americans use over 500 million plastic straws every day), it causes large amount of trash. By convincing people to limit their use of single-use plastics, it would decrease the rate of trash produced. So start going straw-less.