ROSWELL, Ga. – Nearly a ton of debris and trash was collected Sept. 28 during the annual Rivers Alive cleanup of the Chattahoochee River and surrounding streams.
In Roswell, 206 volunteers collected 1,220 pounds of garbage. Trash continues to be a problem despite more recycling and trash initiatives, organizers say.
The city of Alpharetta teams up with Roswell every year, and this year saw more than 100 volunteers turn out to help clean up roadsides, plant a butterfly garden and collect garbage along the Greenway.
On the Greenway alone, nine large trash bags were filled this year.
“When volunteers pitch in and do this work, sometimes it’s the only way some of these things get accomplished,” said Terry Porter, environmental program coordinator with Alpharetta.
A lot of the garbage comes from other places and ends up in the Greenway or streams, Porter said.
“Non-point source pollution is our No. 1 threat to water quality,” Porter said. “The debris that washes off the land usually ends up in the waterways. That really contributes to degradation of water quality.”
In previous years, volunteers have found a telephone booth, toilets, a 50-pound bag of onions and tires.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with what our volunteers accomplished year,” Porter said. “It’s all about keeping water clean.”