Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer
One of the two major trash clean-up efforts will take place on Saturday with the Portales Trek for Trash event.
Trek for Trash, coupled with the Keep New Mexico Clean and Beautiful event in Portales during April, are the two largest clean-up events in Portales.
Veda Urioste was one of the organizers of the Keep New Mexico Clean and Beautiful event in the city of Portales during April. There were 274 participants and 714 trash bags in the Keep New Mexico Clean and Beautiful event.
However, Urioste said it’s a different set-up for the Trek for Trash. The people who participate in the Trek for Trash don’t have to meet at the Memorial Building before the event and food and drinks will not be provided. Urioste said the organization members just show up at some time during the day and take care of designated miles on the highway.
The appearance of Portales has been listed as a concern during city meetings and in the comprehensive plan. Diane Parker, city council member, during a comprehensive plan meeting stressed her pet peeve is driving down the highway and having the first impression of trash and weeds.
Lawrence, a teenager who lives at the Baptist Children’s Home, has participated in the highway clean-ups in previous years. Lawrence said he, along with other Baptist Children’s Home members, helped clean a mile along the U.S. 70, southwest of Portales heading towards Roswell.
“It was cool doing it (last year),” Lawrence said. “I never littered before I started cleaning up highways. It’s nasty picking up some of that trash.”
If any Trek for Trash participants need trash bags, they can contact Urioste at 356-6662, ext. 18. Urioste would also like for organization leaders to call Urioste with the number of participants and amount of trash bags.
“It’s really important,” Urioste said about the help from the organization members. “We’re (city workers) not able to clean the highways as often as we would like. We’d like to keep the entrances to the community clean.”