A little litter goes a long way

Clean up starts eco conversation in Lone Tree, group hopes

Nick Puckett
npuckett@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 10/26/20

Three members of the Lone Tree Sustainability Team — Carol and Steven Sorensen, and Kathy Reiner — paused on a corner at Heritage Hills Circle and Yosemite Street to compare their hauls of trash …

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A little litter goes a long way

Clean up starts eco conversation in Lone Tree, group hopes

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Three members of the Lone Tree Sustainability Team — Carol and Steven Sorensen, and Kathy Reiner — paused on a corner at Heritage Hills Circle and Yosemite Street to compare their hauls of trash Oct. 24.

Each bag was nearly full. The sun finally started to warm their shoulders and, when they looked around at the bustling shopping complex around them, they could smile and feel like they made a difference.

They laughed, posed for photos and brainstormed ways to increase their efforts. Cars came and went from the fast-food restaurant behind them, just one of the culprits for the litter they find scattered in their Fairways neighborhood across the street.

For a split second, a person stopped their car at the intersection and quickly open and closed the driver's side door. When the group looked, all they saw left was a fresh pile of hamburger wrappers in the middle of the Heritage Hills intersection. Reiner, without hesitation, removed the trash from the street.

A handful of volunteers met at Fairway Park in Lone Tree to set out on another mission to clean trash in their community. The clean up was the second such event organized by the Lone Tree Sustainability Team. The team, led by the Sorensens, is a citizen committee aiming to encourage more sustainable environmental practices in Lone Tree and nearby communities. For more information, visit www.sustainlt.com.

Gary and Susan Mendenhall walked along Fairview Drive Oct. 24, walking the same route they conquered just two months earlier. The Lone Tree couple see trash accumulating on the side of the street on a regular basis. The two have fun theorizing where some of the trash comes from, but they do it hoping it will inspire others to do the same.

The duo walked along Yosemite Street picking up as much trash as they could.

“If people just throw stuff out and just leave it there, more people think it's OK to do that,” Gary Mendenhall said. “It's self-perpetuating.”

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