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Stream cleanup nets a ton of trash

Trash removed from waterways ranges from plastic bottles to porch furniture. Donated photo Trash removed from waterways ranges from plastic bottles to porch furniture. Donated photo

A countywide stream cleanup held Sept. 22 in Haywood County removed 2,205 pounds of trash from area waterways thanks to help from 62 volunteers. 

Much of the trash makes its way into streams via storm drains — as rainwater washes over pavement it picks up trash and other pollutants, which is then swept straight into the drains and eventually into streams. The most common trash pulled out of Haywood’s waterways is plastic soda bottles, with plastic bags, cans and cigarette butts common as well.

Individuals and groups are wanted to help keep streams clean year-round through the Adopt-a-Stream Program. Volunteers should clean their adopted stream at least once a year for a duration of two years. Sign up with Christine O’Brien of Haywood Waterways Association, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.476.4667, ext. 11.

The Big Sweep was made possible by Haywood Waterways, Haywood Community College and the Pisgah High School Ecology Club, and it was sponsored by the town of Waynesville and the Tennessee Valley Authority. 

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