The folks at Marshall & Company Hair and Body Wellness Salon had been throwing around ideas for how they might get others to honor April as Earth Month.
They decided to drive to Washington Park and pull trash Monday from Wears Creek.
April may not officially be considered Earth Month, but it does include International Earth Day— held every April 22.
Typically, Mondays are light days at the salon, but with the day following Easter weekend this year, it would be difficult to get people engaged in a planet cleanup, said Kim Marshall, owner of the salon.
Serve Jeff City 2019 is April 27 and Mission JC is April 28, but staff aren't available that weekend. So Marshall's crew decided to venture out Monday to assist in the annual cleanup of Jefferson City. Visit servejeffcity.org or missionjc.org to find lists of projects where help is still needed for the annual cleanup.
"We thought we'd do our part by coming out today," Marshall said. "We picked this day to work together as a team."
Seven members of Marshall's staff participated in the event. Volunteers pulled bottles, cans, baseballs, paper, cardboard, broken glass, a blanket, a jacket, and even a syringe and hypodermic needle from the creek late Monday morning.
Much of the material pulled from the creek will go to recycling, she said.
"I'll recycle the glass," Marshall said while holding a bottle.
She said the salon recycles all of its cardboard boxes, aluminum cans and plastic shampoo bottles.
"We try to minimize our footprint," Marshall said.
The creek wasn't as cluttered with trash as expected, receptionist Sue Sieg said. Still, it would be nice if more people took the time to pick up trash, Sieg said.
"If everybody would do this," Sieg said, "would give a little bit of their time at least once a month, just think of what we'd accomplish."