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Published July 05, 2011, 09:26 PM

Somebody's Gotta Do It: Cleaning Up Country Roads After Fourth

It's clean-up day on many county roads just outside Grand Forks city limits. Picking up the empty firework containers and trash left behind by people has become an annual event after the 4th of July.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

It's clean-up day on many county roads just outside Grand Forks city limits.

Picking up the empty firework containers and trash left behind by people has become an annual event after the 4th of July.

The party is over and John Tozer is on the Starr Firework's clean up crew.

On Tuesday, he was filling up bags with the trash left behind by those lighting off fireworks on county roads just outside of Grand Forks.

"I think they think that someone is going to clean up after themselves and they just want us to come and do what they can't do," Tozer said.

"That is a problem, everyone is responsible," Paul Letvin at Generous Jerry's said.

Letvin works at Generous Jerry's just south of Grand Forks.

"Any of these roads are fair game," Letvin said.

Owners of the firework stores here share in the clean up, paying their employees, like John Tozer, to pick up trash.

But the managers of Generous Jerry's started taking a different approach.

"We make good out of the situation by giving organizations such as Gospel Outreach and some youth groups some money for their group and they clean up the garbage," Letvin said.

"One man's trash is another man's treasure. So something good is coming out of it," Michael Cole with Gospel Outreach said.

Bishop Michael Cole says he doesn't like to see people litter, however it does provide his church an opportunity to bring help to those a world away.

"Some of our kids are going on a missionary trip to Trinidad. Going on a medical missionary trip, going to help little kids, feeding the poor. So this all kind of contributes to it, so it's real good. Works out real good for us," Cole said.

While the Gospel Outreach Minestries Church may only take in a few hundred dollars from the clean up, Cole says every penny helps its cause.

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