Why I Love Milwaukee: Doing Good, One Piece of Litter at a Time

Meet Milwaukee’s micro-environmentalist.


WHO: Dan Burzynski, 52, is a group home caregiver turned seminarian turned tax accountant who picks up trash and litter in Milwaukee’s parks and along the county’s trails, because it’s the right thing to do. 

WHERE: Kern Park in Riverwest

I’m obsessed with picking up garbage. I go for walks with a garbage bag in one hand and a dog leash in the other.

I’ve always called myself a “microenvironmentalist.” You won’t find me on some board or some committee to announce some initiative. No. I’m going to bend down and pick up some garbage.

One of the things that really sets Milwaukee apart is its public spaces. Making them accessible to all people is really what brings communities together. Our trails are for the older person who just needs to go out for a walk every day, who is using the same path as someone who wants to take their kids out, which is the same path as the competitive biker or someone who is roller blading. I appreciate that.

The importance of our public spaces as a way to just relax and enjoy nature and take it all in – it can be impacted by just a little pile of garbage. I like to take care of that a little bit.

– As told to Adam Rogan

This story is part of Milwaukee Magazine‘s December issue.

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Adam is a journalist who recently returned to his Wisconsin home after graduating from Drake University in December 2017. He interned with MilMag in the summer of 2015 and has been a continual contributor ever since. Follow him on social media @Could_Be_Rogan