Over 30 volunteers showed up for a “Trash Mob” event at the lot between O’Reilly’s and the Fry’s complex along with two other locations on Highway 60. The city is concentrating on the Highway 60 in preparation for the Poppy Fest.
Trash Mobsters ranged from city officials such as Mayor Al Gameros and Globe City Councilman Fernando Shipley to Globe newcomers Doug and Terry Shugart. Linda Oddonetto of the City of Globe and Michelle Yerkovich of Code Enforcement also helped out. The three groups of volunteers managed to fill three six-yard dumpsters full of trash.
Regina Ortega-Leonardi of the Cathy Sanchez-Canez Memorial Foundation, one of the organizers, praised fellow sponsors: The City of Globe, Cobre Valley Watershed Partnership, Gila Proud, Globe High School, the U.S. Forest Service and especially Capstone Mining, who provided the dumpsters and paid the fees to get rid of the trash.
According to Ortega-Leonardi, the group is committed to continuing the monthly Trash Mob events along with the larger community cleanups each quarter. The trash mobbings are scheduled for a couple of hours each so as not to trash a whole Saturday.
Ortega-Leonardi said that the emphasis on washes like that at the Hackney and Highway 60 location are part of keeping Globe safe as well as beautiful. She explained that the tons of debris that washed down on Cathy Sanchez-Canez in a monsoon flood were partly the result of built-up junk. The next trash removal event will be a community cleanup on March 27.