La Plata works to keep home­less camp clean

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du­rango» La Plata County is work­ing to keep a Du­rango-area home­less camp clean and safe.

The Du­rango Her­ald re­ported that the La Plata Sher­iff’s Of­fice has started an ed­u­ca­tional cam­paign with home­less res­i­dents to keep en­camp­ments clean.

Lt. Ed Aber, who started the ef­fort, says the sher­iff’s of­fice has told res­i­dents that camps will be left alone as long as they are kept clean and campers obey the law.

Also help­ing pro­mote clean camp­sites is Manna Soup Kitchen, which started ex­chang­ing ser­vices at the kitchen for trash bags brought in from camp­sites.

Aber says the com­bi­na­tion of the sher­iff ’s ef­forts and Manna’s pro­gram has had a marked re­duc­tion on trash at home­less camps.

In spring 2015 there were 13 pickup truck loads, and in spring 2016 there were only eight truck­loads.

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