ELKINS - A handful of volunteers took the streets of Elkins Friday in an attempt to clean up litter and help take care of their community.
It's all part of West Virginia Make It Shine Week sponsored by the REAP (Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan) Program where groups of volunteers, businesses, community organizations and local governments work to make West Virginia the cleanest state in the nation. This year the event is sponsored by the Randolph County Commission and Randolph County Community Corrections.
"This is a good way to show that you can help clean up your area and serves as a reminder to residents to keep Randolph County litter free," said Randolph County Commissioner Chris See.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Chad Clem
Peggy Young picks up garbage along Harpertown Road toward Cravensdale in Elkins as part of Make It Shine Week.
See led the group of volunteers out to Harpertown Road toward Cravensdale in Elkins to get them picking up litter along the roads. The entire project took approximately three hours, See said.
Tygart Valley Sanitation picked up the waste after the volunteers were finished cleaning up.
"I ride a bike every day and I see litter on my way in and out of town," said Carl Manley, one of the volunteers. "This is work that needs to be done, and I'm glad to do it."
See said this is the third year the event has been held in Randolph County. According to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's official website, the statewide cleanup is held during the first two weeks of April each year. During this time, volunteers can receive assistance in conducting cleanups on public lands. The resources available include gloves, bags, hauling (in conjunction with the Department of Highways), and landfill fees.
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