Volunteers tackle the trash across El Paso County

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Mother Nature got a little extra love this weekend following Earth Day.

Saturday morning, hundreds of people cleaned up 20 locations across El Paso County.

Over 30 volunteers tackled the track at the Pikeview Reservoir.

It’s all part of the Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest community improvement program.

Colorado Springs Utilities and 14 other organizations came together to make a difference.

Organizers say they’re always surprised with the number of volunteers that come out to help.

“There’s such great energy out here today. Everybody is excited to help. They want to make a difference. They want to meet their neighbors. They’re meeting coworkers they’ve never met before. It’s a great way to give back to your community and it just takes a couple hours of your time and you can see that difference immediately,” Allison Plute with Colorado Springs Utilities said.

According to the Great American Cleanup, last year volunteers picked up more than 62 million pounds of trash.

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