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Edgar McGregor set out to clean up a popular hiking trail in Southern California and document his good deed on social media. He thought it would only take a few sunny days to clean up Eaton Canyon. He couldn’t have been more wrong.
“I wanted to clean up as much trash as I could find,” he said.
He estimates that he has picked up around 12,000 to 15,000 pounds of trash from sun, snow, and strong winds since May 2019. There was so much rubbish that sometimes his bucket wasn’t enough.
“I’ve filled a whole dumpster in the last three hours,” said McGregor.
As his train grew, so too did its range. Those who took inspiration from him grabbed their own buckets.
“I can inspire people all over the world in Australia, Norway and India to clean up their parks,” he said.
McGregor isn’t paid to pick up litter bugs despite finding $ 5 once.
After 589 consecutive days of picking up rubbish, he announced that the park was finally free of municipal waste on March 5th. He said he had checked the main path, waterfalls, and storm sewers.
“For the first time in 589 days, I can say with confidence that my park, Eaton Canyon, one of the most popular hiking trails in Los Angeles, if not the most popular, is completely free of municipal waste,” he said of a video he posted on Twitter shared.
“The park is finally clean,” he added in the video, which has been viewed more than 1 million times. “I did it guys.”
I’M DONE!!! I DID IT!!!
After ** 589 ** days of garbage collection, I can confidently say that Eaton Canyon, one of the most popular hiking trails in Los Angeles, is now municipal waste free!
I DID IT!!! WOOOOOO !!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/s4ouDM6Nga
– Edgar McGregor (@edgarrmcgregor) March 5, 2021