Volunteers Spend Saturday Helping To Clean Up Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — All across the country, tons of plastic, styrofoam and garbage were pulled up and out of public lands.

Mike Schuh reports some of the 180,000 volunteers nationwide were found here in Baltimore.

It’s not only ugly, trash hurts these wetlands.

“One of the bad things about plastic is that it is forever. Every piece of plastic that we’ve made as humans is still in existence today,” said National Aquarium Executive Director John Racanelli.

So Saturday, nearly 200 volunteers left the beaten path and went into the waters south of Ft. McHenry.

“We are picking up trash by the Chesapeake Bay and trying to make it cleaner,” said Katy Nardolillo.

“It was definitely overwhelming,” said Nicole Dowling.

“Sadly, there is a lot of material. As volunteers, we have a lot of job security,” Racanelli said.

They are part of a nationwide volunteer army who spent the day cleaning up public places.

“It’s exciting to see all these people out here who care about the environment and wanted to make a difference and there was so much trash to see it getting cleaned up,” Dowling said.

Because this is an urban cleanup, perhaps it’s not surprising that they’re finding a lot of used syringes. So much junk came out of the marsh that not one but two Bobcats were needed to bring it ashore.

“We have a duty to use that to the benefit of the planet to helping people to understand that they have a part in the natural system that gives us life and keeps us healthy and thriving,” Racanelli said.

One day of cleanup is a reminder we should try to keep this stuff off the streets so it doesn’t ever get into the marsh.

“I hope the day comes when we don’t have to do this,” Racanelli said.

Another public garden in Baltimore near North Avenue and Greenmount was also cleaned up Saturday by volunteers.

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  1. karen richard says:

    Please tell us who to contact so we can volunteer in the future. We should all be taking part in cleaning up our planet.

    1. John Racanelli says:

      Karen,

      Please feel free to contact our Aquarium Conservation Team for the next clean up or native planting. Hope you can join us!

      Here’s our website: http://www.aqua.org/conservationevents.html

      John Racanelli
      National Aquarium

  2. stationnorth says:

    It is nice that some of the trash was cleaned up but it is a wast of time. The local natives don’t care where they throw their trash and until the natives are education and trained, the trash problem will always exist. I see it happening all over Baltimore city.

  3. amandy says:

    If you see trash on your street pick it up. Trash kills life that may never come back & also it may kill us from disease it may bring. Trash that stays on the ground or in the water that more like can hurt us where some food comes from. Trash that gose in the ground & gose into our underground water like all kinds of battery acid & dangerous liquids that may kills us & wildlife. There are places that will Recycle these dangerous things. I may not have a kid let but for the ones that do think about what are are doing now. Do you want to have a better future for your kids that brings your grandchildren & great grandchildren to life that they can live with out seeing trash around like it is now.
    We need to our part for the future of this beautiful planet.

  4. MyAfroItches says:

    Bahahahaha you people picking up that trash must be crazy omg the cherry hill nigros will throw trash rite back in the water faster than you’ll ever clean it up lolololololol,why don’t some of the cherry hill folks who are on welfare and who get everything else for free and who sit home on their fat a$$e$ making babies get up of their lazy black a$$e$ and clean the trash up???I bet these animals were fishing and crabbing today around the hanover street bridge throwing more trash in as you people were picking it up lol,why not get miss rawing blakes,steala dizon and the naacp to heap pink trash up around baltimore city??????STINKING WORTHLESS ANIMALS ! ! ! !

  5. MyAfroItches says:

    Bahahahaha you people picking up that trash must be crazy omg the cherry hill nigros will throw trash rite back in the water faster than you’ll ever clean it up lolololololol,why don’t some of the cherry hill folks who are on welfare and who get everything else for free and who sit home on their fat a$$e$ making babies get up off their lazy black a$$e$ and clean the trash up???I bet these animals were fishing and crabbing today around the hanover street bridge throwing more trash in as you people were picking it up lol,why not get miss rawing blakes,steala dizon and the naacp to help pink trash up around baltimore city??????STINKING WORTHLESS ANIMALS ! ! ! !

  6. MyAfroItches says:

    Bahahahaha you people picking up that trash must be crazy omg the cherry hill nigros will throw trash rite back in the water faster than you’ll ever clean it up lolololololol,why don’t some of the cherry hill folks who are on welfare and who get everything else for free and who sit home on their fat a$$e$ making babies get up off their lazy black a$$e$ and clean the trash up???I bet these animals were fishing and crabbing today around the hanover street bridge throwing more trash in as you people were picking it up lol,why not get miss rawing blakes,steala dixon and the naacp to help pick trash up around baltimore city??????STINKING WORTHLESS ANIMALS ! !

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