To celebrate Earth Day, which was April 22, the nonprofit HeightsNEXT hosted the sixth annual trash cleanup of Central Avenue in Columbia Heights Saturday, April 24.

Fifty-three volunteers participated in the cleanup. Most were residents of Columbia Heights, but some volunteers traveled from Lino Lakes, Roseville and more.

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, DFL, MN CD-5; Minnesota Rep. Sandra Feist, DFL- New Brighton; Minnesota Sen. Mary Kunesh, DFL-New Brighton; and Columbia Heights Mayor Amáda Márquez Simula, who all represent the city of Columbia Heights, also participated in the cleanup.

Together volunteers picked up approximately 382 pounds of trash.

HeightsNEXT is a sustainable community movement in Columbia Heights. The nonprofit hosts public events, introduces neighbors, networks for volunteers and engages with civic leaders to promote green technology, resilience, sustainability, justice and equality.

To learn more about HeightsNEXT, visit


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