A Litter Sweep

Ambassador Troop 1391, Wake 19, participated in the Town of Cary Fall Litter Sweep event.

Ambassador Troop 1391, Wake 19, participated in the Town of Cary Fall Litter Sweep event. We worked with Sarah Justice, Conservation Specialist for the Public Works and Utilities Department, who assigned us a spot on E. Johnson St. across from Kingswood Elementary School in Cary. The spot, a vine-covered and steep ravine, had been used as a dumping spot for trash and household items for a long time. It came to the town's attention after Hurricane Irene, when residents in the area called to have trees removed. Apparently, a crew of men worked for 4 hours to remove enough trash from the area to get the trees taken out. Our work was hampered by leftover cuttings and because much of the trash was covered and trapped by vines. We recovered 36 industrial-sized garbage bags of litter in 2-1/2 hours, as well as items that would not fit in bags such as: a mattress, personal computer, futon mattress,  baby crib, baby stroller and window blinds. There is still lots of work to do in this spot.

Ms. Justice, a Girl Scout  alumna, said she assigned the spot to us because she knew Girl Scouts would be committed to the project and work diligently. Afterward, she said in an e-mail, "...I have been bragging about your group to all of the people here at Public Works.  Not only did your group collect by far the most litter, but you also had the most challenging terrain of any other location.  I am very proud of you all, thank you for your dedication to our community and the environment!"

Participants in picture (left to right): Linda Gazzillo, Angela Gazzillo, Madison Hoke, Alexandra Helms, Jane Womack, Elizabeth Kelley, Caren Helms. Not pictured: Meg Waltersdorf, Harvey Waltersdorf.