Sandy Township employees’ first Earth Day cleanup was a success with nearly 2,800 pounds of trash and 28 tires collected, Manager Shawn Arbaugh said at Monday’s supervisors’ meeting.
“I think it was a good outing and we really got a lot done,” said Arbaugh. “I mean a couple of ticks and nothing too serious though, so it was a good day. And the weather cooperated, so it was even better.”
The township office was closed on the morning of April 22, which was Earth Day, so employees could conduct a pick-up along the municipality’s roads.
Earth Day is an annual event created to celebrate the planet’s environment and raise public awareness about pollution. The day is observed worldwide with rallies, conferences, outdoor activities and service projects.
Arbaugh called it “a team-building exercise and also to get some litter off our roadways.”
“That really bothers me — 2,800 pounds,” said Supervisors’ Chairman Jim Jeffers. “So you’re saying there’s that much on the highways? You only hit part of the highways?”
“We just scratched the surface, so we had about 12 roads on the list,” Arbaugh said. “I think we got to about eight of them.”
“That’s a lot of garbage,” said Jeffers.
“They did do an excellent job,” said Supervisor Dave Sylvis. “The roads look like they are in excellent condition. It’s very disheartening, though, to see the hard work that they put into, for example, Long Avenue Extension, and I do a lot of hunting in that area. And it’s already ... the cans, and the garbage ... are already to starting to show up again. And it’s very disheartening to see the people put in the hard work to clean up the garbage, 2,800 pounds, and then see them to start it all over again.”
Next year, Arbaugh said the township hopes to expand the cleanup to include the public.
Arbaugh said the township continues to work with students at Jeff Tech and the digital media department, which is helping to update the township’s website. The students are helping to update the website at no cost to the township and then train the staff to enable them to update it on their own.
“We’re excited to work with them on potentially helping us with our website issues,” said Arbaugh, noting he expects to have a product in the township’s hands before graduation.