'Leaven No Trace' scoops up over 50 tons of Coos County trash

Raymond Block, the man behind the 'Leaven No Trace' project, says he's now collected more than 50 tons of trash. (KCBY photo)

COOS BAY, Ore. -- A project aimed at cleaning up Coos County is gaining ground.

Raymond Block, the man behind the 'Leaven No Trace'project, says he's now collected more than 50 tons of trash.

Block started the messy work single-handedly back in January.

Since then, several volunteers have stepped up.

Block says Les Sanitation has helped dispose of the trash, including more than 3,000 tires.

The tires are not only an eyesore; Block says they also deposit toxins into the environment.

"Talked to another lady, she told me she cannot plant in her ground. She has to have raised beds. Nothing will grow in the ground out there. So it shows that there's a major problem going on if you can't grow in the ground in Oregon."

Block says the county took the first 10 tons of trash but can no longer financially support the project. He's meeting with county commissioners next week to discuss ways to come up with enough funds to dispose of the trash.

You can follow the Leaven No Trace Facebook page for ways to get involved.

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