On Saturday, April 12, volunteers removed over 2000 pounds of trash from Carrabelle’s streets and shoreline.
The Carrabelle cleanup has taken place twice annually since it was first undertaken as a project of the environmental committee of the Carrabelle Waterfront Partnership in 2006.
This year, efforts were coordinated by Lesley Cox chair of the committee.
Tamara Allen a spokesperson for the partnership said 30 volunteers participated in the mission, which kicked off around 8 a.m.
A number of the workers were young people.
Science teacher Stephen Tolbert offered a point of extra credit to students willing to don gloves and collect trash and a group from the after school program at the Franklin County Library Carrabelle branch also worked under the guidance of Bonnie Ball. Participants in a bow shoot on the river also collected trash on their way back to town after the competition was done.
Allen said thirty automobile tires added the most weight of any single trash item to the take.
“I am so disappointed that it doesn’t seem to be getting any better,” she said. “The amount of trash collected had stayed between 800 and 1000 pounds every time since we started work. This time the weight was higher than usual because of all the tires. People just don’t seem to get the concept of a watershed or to understand that trash thrown away beside the road or in the woods still affects the river and bay.”
Allen said an unusual amount of discarded furniture was collected this year including a television set.
She said the county waste and recycling department always provides a free dumpster to volunteers and hauls the trash away.
On Saturday, a group of workers paid special attention to a piece of private property at the northern end of
Cox was one of the
“We’re not law enforcement, we’re just cleaning up,” she said.
She said there were still piles of trash visible when the group broke off work just before noon.
“Those are for another day,” Cox said.
Cox and Allen said they wished to thank everyone who participated in the Saturday cleanup.