‘We’re all responsible for it’: Man cleaning up Salisbury one neighborhood at a time

SALISBURY, Md. –  One man in is truly making a difference every day in Salisbury simply by picking up trash, and it all started when he moved to the city just a few weeks ago.

“There’s a picture of Salisbury, you know it’s from the sky, and it’s a gorgeous port town with lots of trees, and it’s amazing,” Craig Faunce said.

He says when he moved to Salisbury less than a month ago, that picture stuck out in his mind. Now he wakes up every day and does his part to keep Salisbury beautiful.

“It’s mostly the bottles, the styrofoam, fast food, beer cans, you name it,” he said about the trash he finds.

While the pandemic and health concerns keep Faunce out of work for the time-being, you may see him each day in a different neighborhood cleaning up. For him, he says seeing the difference makes it all worth while.

“I feel great, especially when I go the next day and I walk and see the difference,” Faunce said.

But Faunce isn’t just working to keep Salisbury clean within city limits. He’s working to keep this trash from ending up in the Chesapeake Bay.

“The state of Maryland and Salisbury have a massive obligation to keep it clean, not just for us but for everybody,” he said. “When you’re out there and you see trash floating by, it’s like, you don’t want your kids swimming in that.”

And if you think this story sounds familiar, you may have seen Faunce’s posts on Facebook. He posts his work there every day, encouraging others to get involved and keep the community clean. He says it really is as simple as picking up trash when you see it.

“Not that I’m responsible for it or you’re responsible for it, but we’re all responsible for it, let’s pick up the trash, it belongs in a trash can, not on the ground,” he said.

Faunce is inviting anyone who wants to get involved to come clean up with him outside of Guido’s Burittos on Monday at 12:15. He says some of the lots near there could really use some cleaning up, but that the clean up is not associated with the restaurant.

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