WATCH: Malden Mayor Daily Trash Pickup Routine Earns Him Online Recognition

MALDEN, Mass (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Mayor of Malden, Gary Christenson is internet famous after a photo of him picking up trash has gone viral.

It’s a photo seen around the world. Mayor Gary Christenson picking up trash on his way to work. Something he’s been doing for years but until now - has garnered the attention of more than just his constituents.

The photo was posted on Reddit. com, a social news aggregation, web content rating, and discussion website, over the weekend which garnered more than 111,000 so-called “up votes” and even more comments of adoration.

However to those living and working in Malden say it’s not a surprise to see the Mayor picking up litter, but apparently for the internet - it was.

Reddit users were impressed to see the local elected official taking care of his town.

Christensen said that he is taking his sudden internet fame in stride.

"Believe me when I first assumed office, I was hoping to be known for some great big policy of law so to be know as the person picking up the most trash...i'll take it." he said. "It's good for Malden so it's good for me."

Christenson says people have told him that they now plan to start doing their part. He hopes that more people will follow his example and help take care of their own community.

"You know maybe one day they'll join in on the effort."

WBZ NewsRadio’s James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports

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