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Chester woman asks... If not me who will do it?

Danielle Smith - Cleaning trash in Chester


Chester - Danielle Smith kept wondering when someone was going to clean up the trash along her walks. She realized she was the 'someone.' Smith wears hiking boots, thick jeans, and sometimes a long-sleeve shirt for when she gets into trees and bushes. She wears a reflective belt that snaps on like a vest so oncoming traffic can spot her and laughs at her colorful wide brim hats. "I don't look stylish, but it's practical. Safety first." She's got water, sunblock, bug spray, sunglasses, hand sanitizer, facial tissue and paper towels too. "I'm pretty well prepared. I've been out for sometimes up to three hours at a time."

If you've driven through Chester in the last 11 months or so, you may have seen someone walking around town pulling a red wagon, not containing children, but trash cans. Chester resident, Danielle Smith, mid-30s, has been collecting trash in and around Chester since last July.

"I was taking walks on the same route and started seeing trash as landmarks every time I went out. I kept wondering when someone was going to clean it up, since some of it was in the street in front of houses. After a couple weeks, one of the plastic items was driven over and broke into little pieces. I realized I wa...

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