Garbage Talk at Willow Creek

Written by SOLVE Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest Member, Gina Graziano

While we’ve been told not to partake in garbage talk, we at SOLVE, went ahead at did it anyway. Only the garbage talk we engaged in was of a slightly different kind.

Deer Park Academy students talked about actual garbage, (trash on the street, not the word on the street) how it can go from a neighborhood like the one surrounding Willow Creek, into a storm drain, into the creek, and eventually into the ocean. Once in the ocean, it can meet up with its trashy counterparts in one big garbage hang out, called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. We are not about to sponsor that ugly and unfortunate collection of trash in the Pacific Ocean, so we decided to do something about it.

We heard about the strangely unique and incredible project Rachel Carson Environmental Middle School was working on and wanted to find more trash to add to their garbage parade float. And that we did! We took off to find bottles, cans, papers, an old love note, a hub cap, and more. Afterwards, we compiled our findings and felt pretty good about the trash free streets nearby Willow Creek.

Thanks for all of your awesome work, Deer Park! You guys rock.

Thank you, Clean Water Services, for funding this project!

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