While local efforts are made throughout the year to keep the rivers clean, this October dozens of people gather for one special day to remove trash in the “Going Green in Gordon County” cleanup.
Everyone is invited to be a part of a community-wide effort to clean up Gordon County on Saturday, Oct. 9.
The event is spearheaded by New Echota Rivers Alliance, Gordon County Commissioners, Calhoun City Council and Santek Waste Industries.
The Going Green cleanup is an effort that involved local agencies working together to get the trash off the land and prevent it from flowing down into the rivers.
“All the litter collection locations are on bridges that cross the rivers and streams of Gordon County,” McBee said. “All the teams will be provided with bags and gloves to collect the litter.”
More than 500 pounds of trash were collected over last year through Gordon County 4-H and New Echota River Alliance land and water cleanups.
The liter removed during the cleanup will be separated into a recyclable pile and items that aren’t biodegradable will be trashed.
“All it takes is just a few hours out of your Saturday morning to help make Gordon the most beautiful and clean county in North Georgia,” McBee said.
Additional sponsors are needed to provide the plastic bags and gloves needed for the volunteers. Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt and a coupon for a free lunch after the liter collection. Contact McBee at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 706-263-4002 to become or sponsor or volunteer.
Sign-in and registration is planned for 9 a.m. at the boat ramp on the Highway 136 connector near the National Guard Armory in Calhoun.
Individuals and teams will be assigned areas throughout the county to collect liter. All the teams will be provided with bags and gloves to handle the garbage.
The cleanup will end around noon.