Trash packers: Team hauls litter left by illegals By Jonathon Shacat Sierra Vista, Arizona Herald
PALOMINAS — There were empty tuna fish cans. There were empty juice cans. There were backpacks. There were toothbrushes and toothpaste. There were shirts and pants. And then there were the plastic bottles. Lots and lots of them.
Those are some of the items that a dozen volunteers picked up during a hike along a undocumented-alien trail on National Forest land west of Palominas on Monday.
Steve Willsey of Hereford, who organized the cleanup effort, said many of the participants are hikers and they can understand and appreciate the need to collect the garbage.
“When you see the trash strewn all over the beautiful mountainside, you think, ‘What’s up with this?’ ” he said.
Willsey observed the trash during a recent hike, and he decided to so something about it. He asked some volunteers to help out.
He told the participants to do a good job on the cleanup. He said they should try not to leave anything behind, like can tops.
“Hopefully when we are done, it is going to look like no one has ever been there,” he said.
Steven Gibb of Tucson said he was more than willing to help out.
“It’s all about nature. I am an avid hiker. I have never seen any trash in Tucson, but I saw pictures and that was very compelling,” he said.