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'Clean-Up Queens': Flagstaff Grandmas Pick Up Litter As New Pandemic Hobby

Published: Monday, August 24, 2020 - 2:27pm
Updated: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 7:40am
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We’re now five months into the coronavirus pandemic, and many of us have picked up a new hobby. Whether it be baking, puzzles, gardening or nightly walks, we’re adapting and finding new ways to add a sense of normality.

But there’s a group of 20 or so grandmothers in Flagstaff whose new hobby is trash pickup.

It started in March when they found themselves with more time on their hands since they couldn’t work or fulfill their grandma duties because of social distancing. They wanted to start hiking, and really just wanted to stop being inside, so with trash bags in tow they started collecting trash along the way.

Then more and more ladies joined the group and cleaned up back roads along Highway 180. They call themselves the "Clean-Up Queens."

Most mornings they meet and split up, going onto some roads less traveled. The Queens will spend hours picking up trash, from wrappers and cans to cigarettes and portions of broken sleds.

So if you make it up to northern Arizona to beat the heat and notice that the hike is noticeably trash free, you know who to thank.

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