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SOLVE's 7th Annual Pick it Up, Portland! Event Makes an Impact

Portlanders came out in full force during SOLVE's 7th annual Pick It Up, Portland! event, presented by Pacific Power.


     On Friday, June 23, 2023, SOLVE hosted four large cleanups where local businesses and community members joined forces to pick up huge amounts of trash along the downtown corridor, Waterfront Park, the Lloyd District neighborhood at Holladay Park, and the Goose Hollow neighborhood.

     At Holladay Park, 91 total volunteers, including many Pacific Power employees, removed over 400 pounds of litter from the Lloyd District neighborhood alone.

     Community members took the reins on Saturday, June 24, hosting 11 additional cleanup events along a 7.5-mile stretch of 82nd Avenue—focusing the cleanup effort on this important city corridor. These events support the exciting improvements being made to this street as part of the Building A Better 82nd Avenue initiative.

      SOLVE is a local environmental non-profit that specializes in creating volunteer opportunities for individuals and businesses to give back to their community. SOLVE hosts Pick It Up, Portland! and many similar trash pickup and habitat restoration events year-round in an effort to keep our city streets and neighborhoods looking clean and inviting. SOLVE’s goal is to provide volunteer opportunities like this that a play critical role in maintaining the beauty and vibrancy of our city.

      So far in 2023, SOLVE volunteers have already removed more than 422,000 pounds of trash.

      Along with Pacific Power, Pick It Up, Portland! was sponsored by Plaid Pantry, AAA Oregon/Idaho, Metro, Lithia Motors, Bank of America, The Standard, TriMet, Hanna Andersson, KOIN, On Point Community Credit Union, Bamboo Sushi, City of Portland, KEEN, Ethos Commercial Advisors, and the Oregon Bottle Drop.