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Vincent Yeun refuses to leave litter alone

 Vincent Yeun
Courtesy of Refuse Refuse
Vincent Yeun with a big haul of litter.

This story aired in the July 11, 2023 episode of Crosscurrents.

Vincent Yeun has organized more than 1,200 street-cleaning events across the city. In total, they have collected more than 23,000 bags of garbage.

KALW News Editor Sunni Khalid spoke with the founder of Refuse Refuse, marketer-turned-civic-activist Vincent Yuen. Yuen believes that if citizens show enough persistence in setting examples of cleanliness, people will actually stop littering.

Click the play button above to listen to this interview.

Reporter Mary Catherine O'Connor helped produce the interview.

Mary Catherine O’Connor is a radio and print reporter whose beats include climate change, energy, material circularity, waste, technology, and recreation. She was a 2022-23 Audio Academy Fellow at KALW . She has reported for leading publications including Outside, The Guardian, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera America, and many trade magazines. In 2014 she co-founded a reader-supported experiment in journalism, called Climate Confidential.
Sunni M. Khalid is a veteran of more than 40 years in journalism, having worked in print, radio, television, and web journalism.