Over 130 tons of garbage have been removed from public lands since May through the first-ever “Pick Up America” campaign by Thor Industries Inc. and Kampgrounds of American Inc. (KOA). According to a press release, “Pick Up America” participants have rallied to make the program exceed its original 50-ton goal by 273%.
“’PickUpAmerica'” resonated with us because as avid outdoor explorers, we want to keep our public spaces clean and beautiful for the next generation to enjoy,” said Brandy Gleason, creator of RV and family travel blog Gleason Family Adventure. “On our most recent kayak trip down the Pigeon River in LaGrange County, Ind., we were invigorated as we dug in our oars to get some trash out of the shoreline and lily pads.
“Pick Up America” will continue to encourage public trash removal by providing entry to the Pick Up America Sweepstakes for participants making the pledge. The sweepstakes is giving one entrant the chance to win the “ultimate RV adventure” that includes a $2,500 Cruise America RV gift card, $750 gas gift card and a five-year Roadtrippers Plus membership. Interested participants can pledge and enter through Sept. 10. Full entry details are available at pickupamerica.com/sweepstakes.
“We are thrilled that we have already surpassed our original trash pick-up pledge by over 75 tons,” said Bob Martin, president and CEO of THOR Industries. “As summer travelers continue enjoying their favorite outdoor activities, we hope these new incentives encourage people to continue preserving the beauty of our public lands.”
Throughout the campaign, participating KOA campgrounds will be giving out specially-branded garbage bags to be filled and disposed.