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San Diego military veteran goes from serving our country to serving the planet

Posted at 11:32 AM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 14:32:11-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- After volunteering on Earth Day back in 2017, veteran Randy Match used social media to build awareness on a global issue a lot of people ignore, litter scattered across our cities.

"It was amazing because I spent 4 hours cleaning up and I look and realized there was so much there was so much couldn't do it in one day, and kept coming back," the veteran described.

Since then, Match has shown up nearly every day of the week, clocking in at least 2 hours per day of his own time to pick up trash at various cities including San Diego. He's collected over 35,000 pounds of trash to date documenting it all on his Instagram account.

He posts picturesque views of his locations along with the not so picturesque numbers of how much debris he collected that day.

"If it changes them to do something for the planet and humanity then I've succeeded where I wanted to go," Match said.

People on their daily walks, runs, and bike rides share gratitude when they see his efforts, some often eager to help.

"I have two people in San Diego who help me on a regular basis so it's kind of neat."

When he's not helping the planet, he helps raise his 1-year-old grand daughter, a key factor in Match's environmental efforts.

"We only have a short time on the planet here and I continue with this thinking of future generations."

He said all it takes it one small effort a day to help pile up a global issue our planet continues to face, "If you pick up one piece a day then are you not better than what you were yesterday? It takes 10 minutes to do a little bit. You won't get everything but you make an impact."