Soldiers helped clean up a river in South Korea by throwing things into it. Here’s how that worked

U.S. soldiers from Camp Casey clean up debris along the Shincheon River in Dongducheon, South Korea, Thursday, March 21, 2019. MATT KEELER/STARS AND STRIPES
U.S. soldiers from Camp Casey clean up debris along the Shincheon River in Dongducheon, South Korea, Thursday, March 21, 2019. MATT KEELER/STARS AND STRIPES

Soldiers helped clean up a river in South Korea by throwing things into it. Here’s how that worked

by Matt Keeler
Stars and Stripes

DONGDUCHEON, South Korea — Soldiers stationed near the North Korean border helped fill more than 80 trash bags with debris Thursday as they worked with local organizations to clean up the Shincheon River in their host city of Dongducheon.

Dongducheon Mayor Choi Yong-deok and Lt. Col. Shane Doolan, the 210th Field Artillery Brigade deputy commanding officer, offered opening words of appreciation to the local residents and approximately 100 Camp Casey soldiers who were participating.

“We cannot meet spring with garbage from last winter,” Choi said before the annual event.

The volunteers began by throwing into the river biodegradable balls containing microorganisms aimed at preventing the growth of pathogenic bacteria.

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