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Local litter contest encourages Summit County to pick up trash

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SUMMIT COUNTY – Local man Noah Zitsman wants everyone in Summit County to love Mother Earth. That’s why he’s organizing a contest to pick up litter in his mountain-town home, and he recently won a $500 grant award from the Frisco/Copper Environmental Fund to do it.

B.O.B., or Bring One Back, is Zitsman’s vision – a contest to see who can bring back the most litter from their outdoor activities. It will run through Dec. 31.

“I’ve been in the county for three years, and I’ve taken part in Town Clean Up and Make a Difference days,” Zitsman said. “But there’s still a lot of litter out there – sports bar wrappers, plastic bottles. I want to keep things pristine, better than how I found them.”

Contest participants are encouraged to check in with B.O.B. when they remove an article of trash during an outdoor activity.

Zitsman said only one check-in will be counted towards the contest results per hour, per person, but all efforts are encouraged. One additional point may be granted for images of the oddest trash found or for artifacts to ignore, depending on the image quality and veracity.

The litter pick-up contest started Sept. 15, and everyone is encouraged to start reporting their trash, in both the adult and youth (under 18) categories

Though Zitsman hopes visitors will pitch in and pick up trash too, only Summit County or adjacent-county residents qualify for check-ins counting toward prizes. Winners will be presented with $100 at a celebratory dinner, and certificates will be given to runners-up for outstanding accomplishments – such as “most remote picture of litter” and “most photos submitted.”

“The goal of B.O.B. is to get people involved in their environment, and to be vigilant about not littering,” Zitsman said. “The contest is a way for people to check in and share what they find.”

As a kick-off event for B.O.B., Zitsman will participate in Make A Difference Day 2010 Oct. 9.

Make a Difference Day B.O.B. supporters will go for a hike around Rainbow Lake, collect trash, and note what one should pick up and what one shouldn’t collect.

“There are things we shouldn’t disturb, like mining ruins, trail markings and utility flags,” Zitsman said.

Interested folks should sign up with the Summit Prevention Alliance before the event.

Make a Difference Day, organized through the Summit Prevention Alliance, is still looking for sites for its 12th annual volunteer event. All participants from all site work will receive a free breakfast, lunch and work gloves.

“We encourage all volunteers to pre-register so they can they work at the site of their choice,” said Joanna Rybak, a Summit Prevention Alliance coordinator.

For more information about B.O.B., visit http://www.bringoneback.org.

To register as a Make A Difference Day site, visit http://www.summitpreventionalliance.org. Sites must complete and fax their applications by Oct. 1.

SDN reporter Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at crow@summitdaily.com.

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