Among the dumpsters full of garbage collected by a team of volunteers on the Kiwanis One Day project in Paso Robles were over 30 shopping carts discarded along the Salinas River.
Over the course of four hours Saturday morning, a team of about 75 people collected garbage and worked on repairing the weathered wooden fence that lines the Riverwalk.
“Bike tires, you got cameras, electronic parts, DVD players, TVs, couches,” Carlos Olveda, a Kiwanis member, said. “You name it, it’s out here.”
It sounds like an ad for a one-stop shop retailer, but those are just some of the items unearthed Saturday from the river’s edge where homeless encampments are set up.
“There is a lot of trash, a lot of abandoned homeless encampments, it was much more than I expected,” Norm Cone, the Lt. Gov. of the San Luis Obispo County division of Kiwanis, said.
Cone was not only stunned by the volume of garbage collected but also the number of volunteers who gave up part of their weekend to give back to the community.
“Every year, we just have people do so much work and it just amazes […]