August 22, 2018 2:50 pm

Rosemère university student’s ‘skate cleanup’ challenging others to pick up garbage

WATCH: Marianne Riendeau is inspiring others to keep city streets clean after she posted some photos of herself rollerblading in Rosemère and picking up trash. Global's Billy Shields reports.

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Marianne Riendeau was just going for her daily skate around her neighbourhood when she started picking up garbage.

After filling a bag and posting a photo to Facebook, she created a social media phenomenon.

“I saw there was trash and garbage everywhere. And I thought, if it makes me that angry, why not pick it up?” she told Global News. “Crap in my streets won’t clean itself, you know?”

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Her Facebook post has been shared more than 4,000 by Wednesday afternoon.

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Some people are emailing Riendeau photos with encouragement, thanking her for the idea.

Her neighbours are getting a kick out of all the publicity Riendeau is getting. “My wife was like, ‘Hey, that’s Marianne on TV,'” said Richard Tremblay, who lives across the street.

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