Capital Roots looks to make neighborhood cleanups part of regular routine

April 22, 2019 07:47 PM

TROY - Dozens of volunteers showed Mother Earth a little extra love on Monday by picking up trash with Capital Roots in Albany and Troy. The non-profit looks to promote healthier lifestyles by providing access to fresh local produce and organizing neighborhood cleanup efforts.

Though they organize cleanups throughout the year, officials said the biggest events tend to take place in the spring.


"Things pile up over the winter but we certainly have found here and around our offices that the more we clean up the more people clean up and take more pride in where they live and it really makes a big difference," Capital Roots Grow Center Planner Matthew Schueler said.

CEO Amy Klein agrees these cleanups create a ripple effect in the community.

"Negativity begets negativity, litter begets litter but positivity and positive activity like this really gets people going in a positive direction," Klein said. "Then it becomes not the social norm to throw a piece of litter on the ground because that's just not what you do."

Klein said bystanders will frequently join in as volunteers go through the neighborhoods.

She and other Capital Roots leaders hope this Earth Day activity becomes a part of people's regular routines.

"People can take this activity and bring it into their own neighborhood or into their everyday lives," Klein said. "I have a staff person that as they're walking to work they have a plastic bag with them and they're just picking up litter on a regular basis. So there are ways that we can all make a difference every day."

Capital Roots officials said they're expecting to pick up about a ton of trash between three locations in Troy on Monday.

You can learn more about donor and volunteer opportunities with Capital Roots here.


Emily Burkhard

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