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Gary Kjellberg dumps one of the over 200 garbage cans located in Cottage Grove's local parks. Bulletin photo by Elena Christensen

One man, many trash cans: Cottage Grove worker keeps parks clean

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Cottage Grove's city parks have over 200 garbage cans. Gary Kjellberg knows that because he empties them all -- and tallies what people toss.

In just over two months, Kjellberg, a city public works employee, has collected more than 11 tons of trash from Cottage Grove parks.

A seasonal employee and the only worker devoted to clearing garbage from parks, Kjellberg keeps track of what is thrown away legally and illegally.

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