Earth Day Cleanup nets half a ton of trash

Some of the organizers for the Earth Day cleanup celebrate their trash haul. Sound Rivers’ Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell is pictured on the right.

The Earth Day cleanup on the Tar River in Greenville brought out over 75 people who picked up more than half a ton of trash from the land and water.

Sound Rivers partnered in the first large-scale cleanup of the year with East Carolina University’s The Coastal Society, Pirates on the Water and Water Resources Center, along with kayak/paddleboard rental company Knee Deep Adventures and R.A.W. Plastics, on the morning of April 25.

Prior to the cleanup, Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell said during past cleanups, trash seekers have found “anything and everything” in the water, and this cleanup did not disappoint in that regard. Among the items found Sunday morning were: a truck tire, car tire, an old-school TV, a flat-screen TV, a power-boat seat, lawn chair, hose, metal-frame rock chair, a laptop, a waterlogged Styrofoam cooler, concrete pipe, and much more.

From the Tar and its banks, a total of 30 trash bags, two large trash bags and two 5-gallon buckets were filled by the volunteers.

Sound Rivers sends out a big “Thank you!” to all who participated! Stay tuned for more cleanups, or host your own — we’ll help with supplies! Find out more about how to host your own cleanup here.

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