INLET - What started in Inlet 17 years ago has spread like wildfire across the Adirondacks. It’s called Community Pride Day, a day when community members go out and pick up the litter along the roadside.
Inlet Parks Supervisor Mitch Lee says there’s now 14 communities and over a thousand people coming out to help.
"We really wanted to look at a way to get everybody in the community just to take a break from their job for a couple hours. We’d hand them a t-shirt. We’d clean up all of our roadsides in just one day."
For some like Inlet Resident John Hasemeier, this is more than a day to pick up trash.
"I feel great. It’s good exercise actually. Really good exercise."
While it may be good exercise, for Old Forge Resident Devin Daiker this day isn’t quite a workout.
"This is the heaviest bag we got yet. This one’s probably 20-25 pounds, but normally it’s not that bad. 5-10 pounds per bag, ½ mile or so probably."
That may not sound like much, but remember there’s over a thousand people picking up, and it all adds up.
Mitch Lee, Inlet parks supervisor: "It ends up being probably about 2-3 tons of trash."
Tal Daiker has been volunteering for a number of years now. He says most of the trash is likely just accidental, but can’t help but get a little upset when he thinks about litterbugs.
"The toughest pill to swallow is literally two days from now I’ll drive down the road and I’ll see something laying on the side of the road, like where it didn’t even make it a week where somebody threw something out the window."
Most volunteers probably feel the same way, but Inlet resident Rebecca Hasemeier likes to take a positive approach to her work.
"Don’t ever think you can’t make a difference because you can, plus it makes your heart feel happy when you help others.
All volunteers are provided a t-shirt and free lunch for their efforts."