Cape Cod MOVES has amazing team members.  We have picked up a boatload of trash.  We have active ploggers.  Keith Putnam is trying to get the nip bottle problem solved by working with politicians to tie it to the bottle bill.

Here is an idea for you… Maybe we can get this one going on the Cape!

Never look down on anybodyHouston, Texas Funds a Program That Pays Homeless to Pick Up Trash

The city of Fort Worth is paying homeless people to pick up trash as part of a unique program to clean up the city – and turn lives around.  Frank Crist, 53, earns $10 an hour to pick up litter in the area southeast of downtown where many homeless people live. He also gets paid vacation and benefits.

“It just makes you feel better keeping it cleaned up,” he said. “It means a lot. I mean, with my record and stuff, I really had no other place that would hire me.”   Crist served prison time for drugs and ended up on the street. He now lives at the Presbyterian Night Shelter, which hired him as part of a program called Clean Slate.

The city pays for it. The shelter runs it.

“It is a win-win,” said Presbyterian Night Shelter CEO Toby Owen. “We want a clean neighborhood that speaks hope, that speaks dignity to our homeless guests. And it also provides income for these individuals so they can move out and be successful without living in a homeless shelter.”

Last year, Clean Slate put 40 homeless people to work, Owen said. Approximately 3,856 tons of trash was collected by Clean Slate workers. And they don’t just clean up trash on the street — they also work as janitors for businesses.

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