SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – The 3rd annual Litter Dash took place during Earth Week in Siouxland. The goal of the community clean-up is to help reduce the amount of waste in our town and to leave a lasting impression for those who are coming in and visiting.
“We have over a thousand volunteers participating, and we have approximately 35 teams. Last year we had 28 teams, so we have increased the number of teams we have out there and we are very appreciative of that,” said Melissa Campbell with Sioux City Environmental Services Analysis.
The Litter Dash continues to grow with the help of dedicated volunteers like Lewis Gaiani. He and his team of 16 coworkers from the Gelita factory keep coming back year after year.
“Contributing to the community through being good stewards and contributing to the environment so this is one of the many ways we represent our values,” said Lewis Gaiani, plant manager at Gelita.
Gaiani’s team is covering Pierre Creek trail, and it is one of eight different sections of Sioux City filled with volunteers who are picking up trash from parks, city streets and sidewalks throughout Siouxland.
With the continued growth of this once-a-year program, Sioux City Environmental Services is in the process of creating a year-round trash pick up program. The monthly event will send small groups of volunteers out into the community to pick up litter.