The Pickupums, which is what a group neighborhood youth called themselves, collected litter in a Coppell park during Earthfest. (Photo courtesy of Sharon Logan.)
More than 30 environmental education and craft booths were in Coppell's Town Center Plaza on Saturday, as was the band Vocal Trash, which was powered by solar energy.
The EcoCoppell Earthfest event was hosted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 28 and had a variety of family-friendly activities, promoting environmental causes.
The booths at the event helped raise awareness about energy conservation, recycling and more, according to a news release from the City. Also, there was a "Clean-up, Fix-up Drop-off" area where 5,000 pounds of documents were dropped off to be shredded, 60 cubic yards of bulky trash were disposed, and gently used items were given to Metrocrest Social Services by Coppell residents.
In addition, more than 1,500 people signed up to clean litter from creeks, parks and right-of-ways in Coppell, help build Coppell Nature Park trails, and assist their neighbors with planting flowers.
Reportedly, 5,000 pounds of litter was collected by local organizations, such as Scout troops, church groups and civic organizations, before being washed into local creeks and streams.