- Associated Press - Sunday, June 5, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A group that dubs themselves “The Trash Tramps” gathers weekly to pick up litter from the streets of Vermont’s capital city of Montpelier.

Their motto is: “This work is beneath us.”

Since September, up to 30 participants have met at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center on Tuesday afternoons, Vermont Public Radio reported (https://bit.ly/1Y9pU2Y). They don work gloves, neon safety vests and carry with them empty containers for trash they use on their mission.

The group recycles whatever they can, including cigarette butts that are sent from the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District office to a New Jersey recycling company that composts the tobacco and melts down filters to make park benches and other items.

The Trash Tramps tow their supplies, and the trash, in a little red wagon.

Organizer Anne Ferguson says the work is rewarding and makes an improvement in their small city.

“You pick up something and it immediately changes the world,” she said. “It may not be the most earth-shattering world change, but it’s something that everyone can do on a small basis to make a big change in the world.”

While on trash patrol, they call each other by their adopted Trash Tramps names - among them “Ben Dover,” Sister Sludge,” ”Antonio the Bagman” and “Sakholder Sue.”

They say they’ve only missed one Tuesday since September, and that was because the senior center was closed and they couldn’t get their supplies.

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