Truckee Day volunteers net record trash haul | SierraSun.com

Truckee Day volunteers net record trash haul

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Emma Garrard/Sierra SunPatricia Sanchez and her daughter Salmone Sanchez, 7, pick up trash during the Community Clean up Day Saturday in Kings Beach.
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The fifth annual Truckee Day street clean-up hauled in record amounts of garbage Saturday as hundreds of volunteers took to the local streets and parks to collect litter.

Organized by Beth Ingalls of TruckeeCan and sponsored by several local organizations including Tahoe Mountain Resorts Environmental Fund and the Rotary Club of Truckee, the event also found strong resident and visitor support as participation was over double that of last year.

Truckee Day volunteers could choose from 21 check-in stations spread throughout the neighborhoods to pick up donated trash bags. Democratic candidate for Congress Charlie Brown came up from neighboring Roseville to help out near Brickelltown in downtown Truckee.

“I’m someone who visits Truckee and Tahoe for biking and skiing, so participating in Truckee Day is a great opportunity to give back,” said Brown, “Events like this are important as it gets people thinking about what they do with their trash and helps build community when everyone is involved.”

Cigarette butts were one of the most common pieces of litter found, leaving volunteer Faith Murphy to exclaim, “Don’t litter you cigarette butts. We just cleaned up cigarette alley and it was disgusting.”

Fellow volunteer Mike Frost also noticed the number of tossed cigarettes.

But despite the majority of foul garbage collected, there were undoubtedly a few valuable items found throughout the day. Volunteer Val Kelly was on the hunt for such treasures.

“When the snow melts you find all kinds of stuff,” said Kelly, “I have found ceramic dolls heads, pieces of kids tea sets, and a violin bow. I don’t call that trash.”

After four hours of scouring the streets, volunteers were invited to a block party at Truckee Regional Park to enjoy a free barbecue lunch, entertainment from the Rusty Strings and a green living expo featuring local nonprofits and businesses specializing in sustainability.

With several tons of garbage taken to the dump the event’s slogan ‘The Streets Shine Brighter in Truckee’ definitely rang true after the day’s activities. Event coordinator Ingalls was beaming as the event concluded.

“It’s been a fabulous day,” said Ingalls, “we definitely exceeded our expectations.”