Volunteers clear 2.59 tons of trash in 3 hours from West Branch Susquehanna island

On April 14, CleanScapes held its second community cleanup of 2018 – this one focusing on an island located in the West Branch Susquehanna River.

Recent flooding washed debris onto the island, and CleanScapes was contacted by property owners Steve and Beth Bason to help – before the trash continued to be swept downstream in future floods. The Basons provided much support on the day of the cleanup and leading up to the event.

Worried it would be a cold morning, the cleanup was scheduled to start a little later than usual, at 11 a.m. The 40 volunteers made their way to the launch site, where breakfast snacks and refreshments awaited them.

I30-cubic-yard-rolloff-full.jpgn addition to a handful of CleanScapes board members, volunteers included 15 students from Lock Haven University, 12 Bald Eagle Boys Camp participants, and 13 additional adults.

Soon after arriving and getting the traditional safety rundown, participants were boarding boats and making their way to key locations along the main shore to help pull out debris brought back from the island.

The day turned out to be one of the warmest yet – but that didn’t deter the hardworking volunteers. In less than three hours, the group removed 2.59 tons (or 5,180 pounds) of trash and 39 tires from the site.

Following the cleanup, volunteers were treated to Pizza King.

This cleanup, much like others CleanScapes organizes, demonstrates the ability a small group has to make a tremendous impact.

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Learn how you can get involved in future cleanups here.

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