Carrabelle Cleanup bags more than a ton of trash

Published: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 02:00 PM.

“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 Twelfth Street East . Many of the tires collected came from there.  Volunteer Roberta Clay said that, at one point, she counter thirty tires that could be seen from where she stood. In all, two trailer loads of debris were removed from the site, which has been used as an informal dump for some time.

Cox was one of the Twelfth Street workers. She said the group made no effort to determine who was dumping the trash.

“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.

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