Justin Scacco from the Sierra Sun recently reported that volunteers picked up 5,500 pounds of litter on June 5th, 2021 as part of the 18th annual Truckee Day celebration. Each year, local residents and businesses show their love for Truckee by rallying together to beautify the streets. This year’s event had almost 900 participants. (source)
On Saturday morning, members of the community checked in at one of 22 locations around Truckee and spent two hours scouring local neighborhoods. By the end of this year’s Truckee Day, 4,250 pounds of litter were collected and removed. Another 1,300 pounds were collected in a North Shore cleanup.
The 2.1 tons of trash is a decrease from the 3.72 tons of litter removed at last year’s cleanup. Last year’s event also had a record turnout of roughly 1,000 volunteers.
“I think that was just because everyone was sheltering in place and there were no other events,” Truckee Day Coordinator Eric Mertens said. “This (year) is a great turnout. It’s a really great showing of our community support.”
During the course of its 18 years, organizers have said that Truckee Day has seen a continuous decrease in the amount of refuse collected despite an increase in volunteers.
Aside from Truckee Litter Corp, several businesses in town incentivize picking up trash by offering cleanup supplies and rewards for full bags of litter.
Along North Tahoe’s shores, roughly 60 volunteers turned out to collect litter as part of the 26th annual clean-up day. After hours of work on Saturday morning, roughly 1,300 pounds of litter was collected.
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