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Coos Bay Man Picks Up Litter On Highway 101, 1 Mile At A Time


Raymond Furr picks up a piece of trash on U.S. Highway 101 near Gearhart on Wednesday as part of his campaign to clean up the Oregon roadway from Coos Bay to Astoria. 

Raymond Furr picks up a piece of trash on U.S. Highway 101 near Gearhart on Wednesday as part of his campaign to clean up the Oregon roadway from Coos Bay to Astoria. 

Colin Murphey/The Daily Astorian

White plastic bags with the word “CARE” spray-painted on the side have popped up along U.S. Highway 101 in Clatsop County.

They all come from one man, Raymond Furr, who since July has dedicated every day to picking up trash on the scenic highway from Coos Bay to Astoria.

With garbage picker and trash bag in hand, Furr bundles the waste he finds for the Oregon Department of Transportation to pick up. His mission to raise awareness about the consequences of litter operates out of one vehicle and donations from inspired onlookers.

“I saw a problem that I didn’t feel anyone else was doing anything about,” said Furr, who also goes by Raymond Block. “It’s been a long, long walk. I’ve never done anything like this. But I wanted to raise awareness and set a precedent to show we are not doing enough soon enough.”

Read more at The Daily Astorian.

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