6/3/23 – Post Cleanup Report – Eureka Trash Bash – Eureka Waterfront Trail – Hilfiker Ln
Lots of active homeless camps in this section of the trail. We made three visits to all the camps the week prior to the cleanup letting them know about our cleanup and letting them know about our “Socks for Trash” campaign. We gave them as many bags as they needed and asked for them to have their trash bagged up along the trail Friday evening for our cleanup on Saturday morning. We gave them a pair of socks for each bag of trash, no limit. We also gave them hygiene kits.
Saturday morning, the mesquites were out thick, but we brought bug spray for everyone. Our 39 volunteers worked very hard and removed all the bagged trash the homeless left for us and picked up several abandoned camps (verified abandoned by the homeless community). We passed out over 50 pairs of socks and 12 hygiene kits to the homeless community for their efforts!
in 90 minutes we picked up 1500+ NEEDLES from that section of trail. We filled up TWO 13 gallon needle disposal cans, most of a 5 gallon bucket, and several other needle containers. This was bad. That’s 16 needles a minute or 39 needles picked up, on average, per person! We can really use a large needle disposal can in that parking lot off Hilfiker Ln.
We had lots of “first timer” PacOut Green Team volunteers. That was great to see. Thank you Eco Eureka for organizing the dumpster and Co-Hosting this cleanup. Thank you Los Bagel’s for providing bagels and cream cheese for the volunteers. Thank you STIL Humboldt for bringing all the prizes for the volunteers. STIL Humboldt makes sure everyone leaves with a prize during the Eureka Trash Bash cleanups, and they are always out there keeping our beautiful spaces free of liter.
Support the people, organizations and businesses that protect our beautiful open spaces!
- Volunteers: 39 people and 3 dogs
- Raffle Prizes: Lots of great prizes from STIL Humboldt and a Los Bagels Gift Card
- Weight: 3500+ lbs trash
- Time: 90 Minute Trash Bash