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'Knight in Vancouver' completes 100 days of garbage pick up

Armed with garbage bags and gloves, Cliff Relph has spent 100 days picking up garbage along Knight Street.

Along the way he picked up artwork, dentures, batteries, coffee cups and banana peels

Cliff Relph has spent 100 days collecting trash and documenting it. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

Armed with garbage bags and gloves, Cliff Relph has spent 100 days picking up trash along Knight Street. 

He picked up the idea back in August, when he found himself noticing how dirty the Kensington area was. 

"I thought to myself someone should really clean this up," he said. 

"Then it dawned on me, I'm someone."

On Day 100, Relph picked up an umbrella, broken hockey stick, a lock, a hubcap and 13 banana peels. (Knight in Vancouver)

He began cleaning the streets during his lunch breaks while at his IT job, but soon after it escalated to picking up on his days off. 

Relph started sneaking out in the cover of darkness with only one garbage bag and later with two or three. 

Along the way, he picked up artwork, dentures, batteries, broken hockey sticks, coffee cups and banana peels. 

His actions have made him a hero in his community and even by those online, after he started documenting what he found.

"It meant a lot," he said.

Cliff Relph said on his 100 day he was feeling ill but he still made it out. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

While his '100 Days of Knight' journey has come to an end, he encourages others to follow suit.

"Sometimes it may not feel like you are being recognized or thinking what did I get myself into, but you are making a difference," he said. 

He says start off with your own street, get a good pair of gloves, and go from there. 

With files from the CBC's The Early Edition and Matt Meuse.

To hear the full story listen to the audio labelled: 'Knight in Vancouver' wraps up 100 days of garbage pick up.


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