Cliff Relph took it upon himself to make a section of Vancouver’s sidewalks clean again, and after 100 days of trash duty, his project has come to an end.
Relph started “100 Days of Knight” after noticing how unsightly his neighbourhood had become.
“I was coming home from the store one day and I was looking around and I noticed how gross it had gotten outside, I said ‘someone should really take care of this…oh right, I’m someone.'”
Since then, Relph (a self-proclaimed night owl) has gone out in the middle of the night for 100 nights straight to pick up other people’s garbage – over 200 bags worth. Banana peels and coffee cups were common finds, while he only ever stumbled across three needles.
Relph documented his entire project via imgur: Day 1-25, Day 25-65, and Day 66-100
His project was documented online not only in photo form, but on Reddit where other Vancouver-based users praised Relph for his work.
“I’ve seen a lot of really kind comments thanking me for my work and I didn’t expect, really, that kind of response. I’m really glad that Vancouver felt that way while I was doing this project.”
Click to see some of Relph’s discoveries:
But who will be the next hero to take community cleanliness into their own hands? If anyone is interested in the job, Relph has some words of wisdom.
“First off, get a nice pair of gloves. You have to protect yourself whenever you’re doing anything, especially something like this. Next, shifts start small. start on your own street, go for a block, see how that feels. Also, this would be very much your kind of project so you can set your goals and your limits, and keep going at it. If something seems too big, scale it back. This is not something you want to feel gross or angry about.”