Spring " and trash " almost upon us | SierraSun.com

Spring " and trash " almost upon us

Jamie Bate

While Thursday was the first day of spring, the telltale signs of the season ” tulips, crocus, short sleeves on the slopes ” haven’t quite arrived.

I did, however, spot a road cyclist spinning up Old 40 and at the newspaper a Truckee man appeared with a fat brown trout caught in Donner Lake.

Yes, we’ve had some snow lately, but it’s just a matter of time before the inevitable happens ” the thaw. And with it the assorted roadside jetsam lost or thrown out over the winter starts to poke up. Yes, along with those daffodils are the broken tire chains, single gloves and the standard garbage that somehow ends up on the ground once the snow starts to fly.

While the dirty piles of snow will eventually melt, the trash won’t disappear without help. So instead of thinking that someone else will make our area beautiful, why not pencil in June 7 on the calendar for Truckee Day. That’s the roadside trash pickup day when volunteers hit the streets.

Before that, though, planning for the clean up takes place. The Truckee Day folks will meet at the Truckee Town Hall Council Chambers on March 27 from 5 to 6 p.m.

Last year, which was the third annual Truckee Day, nearly 800 volunteers picked up a total of 6 tons of roadside trash, that’s an average of 15 pounds of discarded debris collected by each person.

Talk about spring cleaning. Call Beth Ingalls for more info at 386-3128 or e-mail info@truckeecan.com.