October 22, 2005
It’s a dirty job, but dozens of volunteers turned out to do it. They picked up trash during the Savannah River Cleanup. News 12 shows you what they came away with.
This group of lieutenants from Fort Gordon is picking up fire extinguishers, tons of glass bottles and enough tires for a car. They even found a lawn mower near Lake Olmstead that has seen better days.
“It’s surprising, not something you expect to see, a lawn mower by the side of the lake,” said Lt. Charles Wattier, volunteer.
Down the bank, Jordan Perry’s keeping a running tally. He’s part of a group from Tubman Middle School, marching into the trees and mud to grab bottles, plastics, everything but the kitchen sink. They’re part of a group called The Positive Boys Club, mending more than just minds.
“It really is kinda nasty, guess there’s a lot of beer bottles, toilets and all type of other stuff,” said Jordan Perry, 8th grader.
“Some of them couldn’t believe that this place would be like this. I think it’s making them more aware of our environment,” said Charles Givens, teacher, Tubman Middle.
While many at the Savannah River Cleanup came in groups, Andy Sipe is all alone.
“I saw a flyer downtown and I said I’m not doing anything, so go down there and clean up some trash. It’s mostly glass beer bottles that are filthy and all disgusting and smell bad,” Sipe said.
With everyone lending a helping hand and putting trash in a can, hopes that next year’s cleanup won’t yield so much.
This is the first year the Savannah River Cleanup was at all the sites on the same day. In addition to Lake Olmstead, volunteers cleaned Rocky Creek, Spirit Creek, Lower Canal, and Raes Creek.