Casper’s worst day for litter

Volunteers help pick up litter after the CWFR Parade.
Volunteers help pick up litter after the CWFR Parade.(Katie Reed)
Published: Jul. 12, 2022 at 5:28 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - After the parade, Casper’s waste disposal team and volunteers took to the route to clean up trash. It’s estimated about half a ton of trash was picked up by the waste disposal department around the parade area.

According to city officials, Parade Day sees more littering than any other day in Casper. Candy, water bottles, and other items are left behind on the streets, sidewalks, and grass near the parade route. To help prevent littering, the city places 30 extra trash bins along the parade route.

Election years have typically had the most litter left behind from candidate pamphlets or other promotional items. Candy and other sticky substances become a nuisance in the summer heat, making sidewalks and roadways sticky.

While picking up trash, it can be difficult to get every piece left behind, one concern is those small trash items left behind will fall into storm drains.

“People don’t realize that that flows directly to the river so anything that goes in those grates it can get out and become part of the Platte River and then cause problems for all the water intake downstream,” said Superintendent of Solid Waste Sean Orszulak.

Officials are working to encourage people to clean up after themselves before leaving their parade viewing spots.

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