For Immediate Release:
DATE: April 27, 2012
CONTACT: Councilman Christopher R. Nuzzi
PHONE: (631) 287-5745
Clean-Up Boasts Highest Numbers to Date
Boy Scout Troop removes 3,760 lbs. from Nature Preserve
More than 900 residents, the highest registration rate to date, volunteered to partake in the annual Great East End Clean-Up this past Earth Day weekend. Though high winds and rain put a damper on Sunday’s efforts, participants took advantage of the clear weather on Saturday. In all, 42 tons of garbage, 1.6 tons of metal, and 65 miscellaneous items, such as illegally dumped propane tanks and tires, were removed from roadsides, beaches, trails, and recreational areas.
About 38 organizations were represented from throughout the Town, including several school districts, civic organizations, homeowner associations, not-for-profits, local businesses, church groups, and scout troops. Notably, Boy Scout Troop 62 from Westhampton cleaned up 3,760 pounds of garbage from the newly acquired “Pine Neck Marine Preserve” in East Quogue Saturday. Another commendable effort came from the Water’s Edge Civic Association, whose President, Tammy Olsen, was proud to report eleven members came out, with an average age of 70, who collected 42 bags of litter from road ends in Flanders.
“It’s been gratifying to not only be part of something which helps keep our environment healthy and beautiful, but also to see an exponential increase in how many people want to get involved,” said Councilman Chris Nuzzi, who has spearheaded the clean-up for seven years. “It’s really become a regular community event people look forward to being part of every year.”