Shopping cart cleanup set for this weekend - Tucson News Now

Shopping cart cleanup set for this weekend

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Volunteers are wanted to help rid abandoned shopping carts from Tucson streets and washes this weekend. 

The Service Employees International Union Local 48 and United Food and Commercial Workers Local 99 will host a cleanup this Saturday at Grijalva Elementary School, 1795 W. Drexel Road, as part of an overall goal to encourage retailers to track their property more effectively and educate consumers about their cart use. It will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

"Saturday's cleanup is an example of what our community can do when we see something wrong: we come together, find common ground, and look for a solution," Pima County District Five Supervisor Richard Elías said. "Until now, there's been no serious discussion about how to remedy shopping cart blight."

Volunteers at last year's event collected nearly 350 shopping carts.

"Union members have a long history of being good, engaged community residents," Service Employees International Union Local 48 State President Maya Castillo said. "This is our way of helping to keep Pima County clean and beautiful."

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