75-year-old Melvin Hastings Picks Up Litter While The Neighborhood Sleeps

Hastings drives around with his electric trike scooter and picks up litter for hours while many residents in Milwaukee’s Southside sleep.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

September 14, 2017

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – On Wednesday, Melvin Hastings, 75, was spotted around 11:00 p.m. in the Southside Lincoln Village neighborhood between S. 13th Street to S. 16th Street and W. Cleveland Ave. to W. Lincoln Ave. riding his trike scooter and picking up litter. Hastings also wears orange clothing and makes frequent stops to pick up litter and wears a reflective vest.
Hastings cares about keeping the area clean and says that he is also the Block Watch Captain for the Milwaukee Police District 2 Station. He usually starts at 10:00 p.m. and finishes around 3:30 a.m. or at 4:30 a.m., which at times fills about five 50 gallon trash bags a given night, but most of the time he get to fills about 2 to 3 bags. Hastings sometimes get help from his daughter as well. He has lived in the neighborhood for 42 years and has been going out at night to pick up litter for the last seven years.
Kudos to Hastings for helping to keep the neighborhood clean.

  1. #1 by Serena Brown on September 14, 2017 - 5:33 pm

    That’s my grandpa!!!! He has been cleaning up the community for years!!!! He appreciates the recognition. Thank you Mr Nelson!!!

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