Volunteers pick up trash in Fresno's Cultural Arts District in this March 2021 Image via Beautify Fresno

published on April 5, 2022 - 10:52 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

The “Beautify Fresno” campaign started by Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer continues strong tomorrow, with more than 100 Amazon employee volunteers assisting in the cleanup of Fresno streets, with a goal of collecting more than 1,700 pounds of litter.

The employees from the Amazon FAT1 fulfillment center in Fresno will be working at the intersection of Shaw Avenue and Highway 99, and the intersection of Jensen and Fruit avenues.

Dyer announced in January his “Million Pound Challenge” for Beautify Fresno, with the goal of collecting one million pounds of trash throughout 2022.

“I love the enthusiasm and appreciation Amazon has shown for the Beautify Fresno movement this past year,” Dyer said. “We are thankful for their partnership and appreciate the time they are investing to help make our city cleaner and safer.”

This is the second cleanup event hosted by Amazon. The first event took place on Sept. 29, 2021, at which 55 Amazon employees collected 849 pounds of trash on Shaw Avenue between Highway 99 and Golden State Boulevard.

“In honor of Earth Month, we wanted to get back out here with more volunteers to help to double the amount of waste we collected last time,” said Craig Norris, general manager of the FAT1 Amazon Distribution Center.

Beautify Fresno offers volunteers the opportunity to assist in cleanups throughout Fresno. To date, the project has collected 388,498 pounds of trash.

“I’m thankful to work for a company that gives us opportunities to volunteer and give back,” said Taf Wilson, an Amazon FAT1 employee volunteer. “It makes me feel good that I can contribute to our community and help make a difference.”

Amazon will also host a post-clean up event, thanking the employee volunteers and announcing the total weight of litter removed.

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