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Rusty Can Project

Ever go out for a casual camp trip and find the area you would like to stay has been decimated by trash?  That was our most recent encounter at El Mirage Dry Lake in Adelanto.  This time the decimation was approximately 300 pounds of rusty old cans and other trash in an area 50 feet by 40 feet.  It was obvious this public land area could use some help, so we decided to make a valiant effort and made plans to attack the mess in the morning.

Sitting by the campfire that night we appreciated the surrounding landscape.  Wondering how anyone could leave such a rusting, corroding, messy pile of ...  Well, you get the picture.

When morning broke and breakfast filled our bellies, the volunteer effort began.Rusty Can Project - the begining

Can by can, bag by bag, it became obvious we would need more containers.  First filling our big collapsable trash can, then our mesh bag, next a couple of giant shopping bags, finally we pulled out a tarp and loaded as many cans as we couple pile, carry, and lift into the back of the Tacoma,  Other bags went onto the roof rack and off we went for our first trip to the dumpster,  

Half way complete, the area we had cleared looked so healthy that going back to finish the clean-up was easy.

The second trip we loaded enormous "mega gallon" trash bags, another giant trash can and yet more into the mesh bag.

The TacomaSuz's time was well spent at our four hour "Rusty Can Project".  Well worth the time and effort.

We encourage all people, whenever you visit the dirt playground, to pick up a bag full of trash, haul off a chunk of metal, roll up an old carpet, and "pack out some Trash!".

Take the time to "make a difference out in the dirt".

Until next time, enjoy the adventure.

TacomaSuz

Rusty Can Project Day

300 pounds of rusty cans (estimated)
1 rug
1 muffler with the entire pipe
1 cooler
1 wood gate with nails
1 small bag of shotgun shells
1 plastic fender well
1 plastic skid plate

 

When morning broke and breakfast filled our bellies, the volunteer effort began.Rusty Can Project - the begining

Can by can, bag by bag, it became obvious we would need more containers.  First filling our big collapsable trash can, then our mesh bag, next a couple of giant shopping bags, finally we pulled out a tarp and loaded as many cans as we couple pile, carry, and lift into the back of the Tacoma,  Other bags went onto the roof rack and off we went for our first trip to the dumpster,  

Half way complete, the area we had cleared looked so healthy that going back to finish the clean-up was easy.

The second trip we loaded enormous "mega gallon" trash bags, another giant trash can and yet more into the mesh bag.

The TacomaSuz's time was well spent at our four hour "Rusty Can Project".  Well worth the time and effort.

We encourage all people, whenever you visit the dirt playground, to pick up a bag full of trash, haul off a chunk of metal, roll up an old carpet, and "pack out some Trash!".

Take the time to "make a difference out in the dirt".

Until next time, enjoy the adventure.

TacomaSuz

Rusty Can Project Day

300 pounds of rusty cans (estimated)
1 rug
1 muffler with the entire pipe
1 cooler
1 wood gate with nails
1 small bag of shotgun shells
1 plastic fender well
1 plastic skid plate
1 metal skid plate

Time involved - 4 hours

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