6 Year-Old Inspiring His Community To Pick Up Trash

Clayton native Matthew Lloyd is only six, but he’s tackling a BIG enemy: litter!

As part of his Clean Up Clayton movement, Matthew has inspired people in his community to pick up trash and beautify his town. To honor his impressive efforts, Grifols named Matthew an Environmental Champion and invited him and his family to the Grifols Clayton manufacturing site for a tour and to join forces in the fight against trash.

On Tuesday, Matthew and his family learned about Grifols’ mission to improve the health and well-being of people around the world and our efforts to protect the environment. Matthew and his older brother Karson then became honorary Grifols employees and received badges to make the partnership official.

Matthew Lloyd has his picture taken for his Grifols employee badge.

“Protecting our environment is a major priority for Grifols,” said David Auge, Grifols Environmental Affairs Manager. “We’re so impressed with Matthew’s efforts to keep Clayton beautiful, and he’s a shining example that everyone can do their part to be an environmental champion.”

As part of the tour, Matthew witnessed Grifols’ innovative manufacturing processes at the Sterile Filling Facility and North Fractionation Facility, the world’s largest fractionation plant. To wrap up the visit, Matthew and Karson received science kits to keep them busy during summer vacation.

Grifols plans to partner with Matthew at his next litter clean up event.

Grifols has been an Adopt-A-Highway sponsor for 26 years, conducts annual “dumpster dives” to save recyclable materials from the landfill and to educate employees on proper disposal practices. In 2015, Grifols completed construction of the first LEED certified building in Johnston County; in 2018, the new Grifols administration building received the first LEED Silver certification in Johnston County.