YOU CAN HELP: New West Seattle DIY cleanup concept, starting today

The report and photo are from community-cleanup superhero Erik Bell:

I’m excited to announce a new West Seattle cleanup initiative my daughter and two of her Girl Scout troop mates are launching this week called Block Drops for their Silver Award project — the highest service award for Girl Scout Cadettes (6th-8th graders).

Block Drops are an open invitation to the community to come out and clean West Seattle on your own time, using cleanup stations we’ll drop off in different neighborhood locations each week. We then come back later in the day to take care of the collected trash with the help of Seattle Public Utilities.

Paige, Evelyn, and Emma developed their project over the pandemic hoping to engage fellow West Seattleites to become the solution to a cleaner community. Their program offers weekly opportunities to live up to the Scouting ideal of leaving the world a better place than we found it.

Read more about their program at byandby.org/block-drops and join in on their first Drop Friday at Alki Beach (9 am-3 pm), or any of the four Drops they’ll be making next week.

Block Drops…the easiest cleanup in town!

13 Replies to "YOU CAN HELP: New West Seattle DIY cleanup concept, starting today"

  • sam-c July 1, 2022 (8:49 am)

    What a great idea! Thank you to these hard-working Girl Scouts!! :) 

  • Anne July 1, 2022 (9:07 am)

    This is so smart! Great idea, Paige, Evelyn and Emma! You’re making our corner of the world a better place and I can’t wait to help. 🌎 👏👏👏 

  • StarryBeckett July 1, 2022 (9:07 am)

    Fantastic idea! 

  • Melissa July 1, 2022 (9:17 am)

    I love all of the momentum lately with neighbors helping with trash pick-up! It seems like so many of us enjoy helping out.

  • Wildflower July 1, 2022 (9:23 am)

    Brilliant! Good work scouts, thank you!

  • Andy July 1, 2022 (10:04 am)

    Thank you very much for setting this up and making it happen.On a related note.  I walk quite a bit.  It is frustrating to see all of the junk on the streets.  During my walk I try to pick up as much of the stuff as possible and throw it in the garbage.Thank you again Scouts for making the World a cleaner place.  At the same time hopefully this will inspire people to not drop garbage on the streets in the first place.

    • HS July 1, 2022 (11:38 am)

      Also, a reminder to completely close your garbage bags in your trash can. I notice a significant amount of loose garbage in the alley and street on garbage pickup days. If it’s loose, it sometimes falls from the garbage truck as they do their job and drive their routes. I tried not buying plastic garbage bags for awhile and the person who collects residential garbage informed me that having unsecured garbage increased debris falling from the truck.

  • Delridge resident July 1, 2022 (3:46 pm)

    Haha amazing. I was JUST thinking that something like this would be great for people like me who don’t have the facilities necessary to clean up independently. Fantastic work, Block Drops crew! :D

  • CleanGene July 1, 2022 (3:54 pm)

    Woohoo. I saw the buckets out on Alki this afternoon while I was there with my own garbage pickup gear. Great idea. Let’s keep the momentum going! We are going to need many helping hands on July 5.

  • Rocket July 1, 2022 (4:00 pm)

    Saw many people using this system today at Alki.  Super cool and hopefully the jerks don’t just steal the buckets and grabbers.

  • Nancy July 1, 2022 (5:03 pm)

    Would you please set one up at Westwood Village?

  • Gerry July 1, 2022 (5:41 pm)

    Great idea. ;And may I suggest painting out graffiti as well—-

  • Karen July 1, 2022 (10:15 pm)

    👏👏 good younger citizens with a wonderful productive idea!! Thank you!!

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