TikTok customers take discover of Galveston man who helps hold the seawall clear

A Galveston man uses his design skills to clean up the levee.

Glenn Morris, a machine builder who makes parts and accessories for wheelchairs during the day, gets up early some mornings and most weekends to clean the beach with his garbage truck and his wife.

Morris takes his reconfigured Traxxas remote control car to the beach with a bucket and trash can attached and picks up discarded clothes, plastic bottles and, believe it or not, dirty diapers.

People across the region are paying attention – his TikTok garbage truck page has over 89,000 followers. He hopes it will encourage people to evacuate the beach as well.

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“I don’t know if it inspires or makes people guilty of picking up the trash,” he said. “When I walk through an area … I pick up garbage. I’ve seen mothers tell their kids to start picking up the stuff (that is) that is flying around their area (after I go through it). “

The reconfigured remote-controlled cars are also noticed by people who want to clean up nearby beaches.

Morris made the throwing buggies, which he charges between $ 1,300 and $ 2,500, depending on the version, for six people across the state. His handcrafted creations can be found in Webster, Port Aransas, Port Bolivar, and San Luis Pass, but could soon spread beyond the Lone Star State as well. He sent the specifications of his garbage truck to an engineer in London who is hoping to recreate it, while another contractor in Indiana is hoping to build one to help with construction.

Morris said he was surprised by the reaction.

“It got more attention than I thought because in my mind, I’m just a guy walking around picking up trash.”

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Morris said he would continue his trash expeditions in Galveston for a few more years while his wife completes college on the island. Hailing from Texas Hill Country, he moved to Galveston a little over a year ago when his job switched to virtual work.

“We hope to develop our little hobby into a bigger movement with the aim of making as big a difference as possible,” he wrote on litterbuggies.com.

chris.shelton@chron.com

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