Volunteers dedicated their Saturday morning to clean up diapers, broken glass and a whole lot of other trash on Mt. Charleston.
The thousands of visitors spent time up in the mountains during the winter season and left behind a large amount of litter.
“They’re leaving trash everywhere and it’s ridiculous.,” said Lauren Soderberg, volunteer. “It’s kind of sad that people come up here to enjoy nature but then they ruin nature at the same time.”
About 500 volunteers put on gloves and filled trash bags with just about every type of garbage imaginable.
“We found full beer bottles, we found some Easter eggs, we found car mats, lots of diapers, and baby wipes,” Soderberg said.
The volunteers collected nearly 9,500 lbs. of trash on Saturday. Soderberg says it’s amazing how careless some people can be.
“I’ve been camping my entire life and it’s not hard to pick up after yourself especially when you’re out here,” Soderberg said.
Volunteers say it was a record year. They collected twice as much garbage of any year in the past 10 years of the cleanup event.
“You know when you’re at Mt. Charleston you’re going to be at this area that we’re cleaning up. If people just picked up what they had then we wouldn’t have to worry,” said Marlyn Sarkissian, volunteer.
Girl Scouts to corporate company volunteers put in hard work to take out what doesn’t belong up here.
“They’re like this is nasty. How can people be like this?” said Scott Elrod, volunteer.
The volunteers hope more people will start packing out their trash when they’re done having fun at Mt. Charleston.
“It’s a beautiful place and I think people should respect it and take care of it,” Soderberg said.
For those interested in helping out, Clark County is hosting a different type of cleanup event in two weeks for fire season.
The annual Pine Needle Pickup & Barbecue will take place on Saturday, June 3 from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The event will take place at the park across from the Volunteer Fire Station in Old Town for clean-up activities throughout the community.
The event is organized to clean up properties after the winter months to make the community fire safe.
A free barbecue will follow for participants from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the fire station, 25 Ski Chalet Place off Highway 157 in Kyle Canyon.