If you’ve traveled between Merrill and Malin, then you’ve undoubtedly seen the sign at the corner of Harpold Road and Highway 50 proclaiming that section of highway has been adopted by Gold Dust Potatoes and J&W Walker Farms. With a bit of sunshine in the forecast and shipping season coming to end, it was the perfect time for our crew to get out and pick up a bit of trash!
On June 3rd, Lexi Crawford, Sarah Mendez, Trish Briones, Nayeli Pena, Danell Hoppezak, and Lisa Mount donned the day-glow yellow vests of the Litter Patrol and hit the road, cleaning from the intersection of Harpold Road and Highway 50 all the way into Malin by the park. According to Lexi, some of the more interesting finds included video game controllers, human hair and a boomerang. Kind of makes you wonder what’s been going on along the highway!
Once Gold Dust’s section of adopted highway was declared trash-free, the intrepid group of garbage gatherers decided to clean up the area of Micka Road that our packing shed and other facilities sit on. In no time, they had several bags of rubbish collected and left the area looking a whole lot nicer. By the time they were finished, between the two locations the Clean Up Crew picked up 20 bags worth of garbage and debris.
Gold Dust and Walker Brothers have been a part of Oregon’s Adopt-A-Highway program since 2009. Every time our crew hits the pavement, it’s fun to see the random stuff they find and it’s great to help make our area a little cleaner. A big thank you to this year’s clean-up crew – and thank you for taking the initiative to spiff up Micka Road as well!