Dash for Trash helps clean the streets of Ardmore

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - Saturday morning the Ardmore Clean Team volunteer group helped organize the first ever Dash for Trash event.

Margaret Ward is the founder of Ardmore Clean Team and says she started the organization back in Novemember when she realized how much trash was being thrown into the streets.

"My goal is to have the cleanest town in Oklahoma and then we will move to the rest of the towns," Ward said.

Ward says she and her team were only expecting about 25 people to show up but nearly 150 volunteers came out and helped picked up trash from different parts of the city for two hours.

Most of the volunteers have lived in Ardmore all their life and say its shocking to see how much trash has piled up.

"It's really sad because I don't remember this when I was growing up so this really hit home and we just need to all come together and remember this is where we grew up and this a town we love and we really need to take care of it," Abby Wilson said.

"This is an opportunity for us to send a statement to everybody that what you throw out of your car, falls out of your car ends up in the street and it makes us all look kind of trashy," Terry Harris said.

Ward says she plans on having more Dash for Trash events and is grateful for Saturday's huge turnout.

"I am so grateful that you showed up because I love this town, I grew up in this town, and I am tired of seeing it so trashy and for you to come pick up (it) warms my heart." (Ward)

According to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, littering is against the law and if you're caught throwing trash out unlawfully, you could face fines from 200 to 2,000 dollars.

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