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Published April 22, 2014, 05:26 PM

City streets, roads and ditches littered with trash this spring

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Tuesday is the most eco-friendly of them all, Earth Day is here, but unfortunately in Fargo, the trash is too.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Tuesday is the most eco-friendly of them all, Earth Day is here, but unfortunately in Fargo, the trash is too.

After a snowy winter and windy start to spring our city's streets, roads and ditches are all littered with waste.

It's pretty clear trash is everywhere.

The people out picking it up tell me with strong winds, even the best efforts go to waste.

They can blow containers like this one open and let all of the paper, cardboard and plastic inside escape.

So today, I took out my own trash bag to do my part.

If you're looking for Starbucks, or even some salad unfortunately you've come to the right spot.

Kevin Gorder/ND DOT: "We try to stay after it, it. It's just everywhere."

Spring is here, and trees are budding, but these trees, are covered with plastic.

Joe Schaeffer/Visiting Fargo: "It's obviously not an attractive quality for your city to have."

For people in Fargo, it's an annual cycle.

Schaeffer: “Especially if you live in the area, it's kind of embarrassing."

Snow melting, making way for trash underneath, all collecting wherever it can escape the wind.

Gorder: "It can blow across parking lots from here for blocks."

Causing a pretty dirty dilemma for city crews trying to stay on top of the mess.

Terry Ludlum/Solid Waste Utility Director: "There's constantly plans being made or arrangements being made to pick up the debris or help those that are picking it up."

The majority falls on volunteers.

Gorder: "Whether it's a college fraternity or sorority, or a business."

With the rest left for DOT employees or city cleanup crews.

Gorder: "All of the maintenance guys were out and picked all of the trash we could find."

But when it's hard to keep up with clean up, mounds like this mark growth you don't want to see each Earth Day.

Schaeffer: "It's just like anything else, you want it to be clean for visitors."

Ludlum: "If someone drives in here when there's flooding, it's not going to look very attractive either."

Luckily we don't have to worry about flooding, so instead of sandbagging, maybe fill up a trash bag or two this spring.

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