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Senior Picks Up Trash On Daily Walks

6:27 PM, Apr 22, 2013   |    comments
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April 22nd is Earth Day. It's a day to inspire awareness and appreciation for our environment. 

"Litter bug, litter bug I know where've you've been. I know what you've bought and I even know when. It might be to Wal-Mart or Chick-fil-A, the bag or receipt really give you away," Elizabeth Johnson says as she recites a poem.

Those litter bugs keep Johnson a little busier every day.

"Yesterday when I was out walking, I filled three bags with trash," she says.

With a pick-up stick leading the way and a catchy tune to accompany her, Johnson strolls up and down Zebulon Road.

"I love my community, and I just don't want it to be trashy like that. And I figure I might as well be doing something positive when I walk," says Johnson.

From crushed cans to old newspapers, it's the cigarette butts that Johnson sees the most. "I don't want to be negative at all, but Macon is a trashy city. It really and truly is."

As she's sweeping the streets clean, Johnson also holds people accountable.

"There was a police officer who was just sitting there not doing anything. And I went up and said 'Why aren't you doing anything about people littering?' And he said, 'Well, I have better things to do'," says Johnson as she starts to laugh. "That's when I said, you're missing out on all the pornography. And my husband said, save some for me."

Even though she's well into her 80's, it's a simple thing Johnson continues to do every day to help her community.

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