Volunteers Collect 1,500-Pounds of Trash From Shores of South Lake Tahoe, CA

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Face masks. A new littering menace.

The 5th annual Spring Clean event collected about 1,500-pounds of trash from the shores and roadsides in South Lake Tahoe.

Organized by Clean Tahoe, 180+ volunteers gathered on Saturday, May 22, to pick up trash accumulated over the winter and been buried by snow.

The trash collected filled three truckloads.

“The best part about this event is that it brings the community together outdoors for a good cause and people realize that picking up trash is actually fun, some even say it’s relaxing.”

– Katie Sheehan, executive director of Clean Tahoe told Tahoe Daily Tribune

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Credit: Clean Tahoe

The whole community came together, with many local businesses and service groups taking part in the event, including Anderson Bike Rental, Ski Run Business Improvement District, South Lake Tahoe Rotary Club, California Conservation Corps, Barton Memorial Hospital, Sierra Community Church, South Tahoe High School Climate Crew & Generation Green, South Tahoe High School Key Club, Cannablu, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, South Shore Bikes, and MacDuff’s Pub.

The most common item picked up is cigarette butts, followed by flossers, wrappers, bottles, cans, and masks.

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Cigarette butts are one of the most common items found and can contain toxins like heavy metals. Credit: Maggie Mayer

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2 thoughts on “Volunteers Collect 1,500-Pounds of Trash From Shores of South Lake Tahoe, CA

  1. I’m also a TPU. Do a fair share of off roading, always picking up stuff along the trail or within camps. Mostly beer cans on the trail, and TP within/outside campsite. Put my gloves on, toss it in the fire. Not sure why all people can’t do the same.

  2. I’m a Trash Picker-Upper (TPU) too!

    Especially in my kayak on the San Joaquin Delta. Oh the things I’ve retrieved ~ Shop Vacs, refrigerators, sex dolls .. you name it, but water bottles top the list.

    Bless your hearts fellow TPUs!

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