Albuquerque resident cleaning up city through #Trashtag challenge

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It’s a challenge for change.

People are picking up trash from roads, parks and other places filled with trash, then sharing before-and-after photos online. One New Mexico man is taking part in the so-called “Trashtag Challenge.”

Joshua Cales says when he saw the challenge on Facebook, he thought it was genius, inspiring people to do something he already does: clean up garbage for fun.

“If everyone does a little bit, it wouldn’t even take one week,” said Cales. “It wouldn’t even take one week to clean up the entirety of Albuquerque.”

Cales lives in Albuquerque. He passes by Montano and I-25 going to work and decided to spend about three and a half hours cleaning up.

He shared the photos on social media of what the area looked like after. Cales hopes more people will step up and do the same.

“Literally everyone’s got an hour. I don’t care how busy you think you are,” said Cales. “Everyone’s got an hour to spend doing something that gives back to earth as opposed to taking out of it.”

The trend has been around for years. An outdoor company in Seattle starting using the hashtag #Trashtag in 2015 to get people concerned about the environment.

Just last week, an Arizona man posted a before-and-after picture on Facebook showing an area he cleaned up. That got people to use the hashtag again.

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