Clean Tahoe loses valuable member |

Clean Tahoe loses valuable member

Six years after she began working for Clean Tahoe, Sandy Belstler is moving on. Friday was her last day.

Clean Tahoe opened part time in 1990. The organization separated into a nonprofit organization in October 1994 and became a part of the Keep California Beautiful project.

Belstler said that being part of that project has alerted vacationers about cleanup events in Tahoe and they call to sign up before they come.

“It’s not me. It’s the community (who is responsible for keeping the area clean) and I’ve just been happy to be a part of it.”

“I felt the effects the day Sandy said she was leaving,” said Stan Burton, Belstler’s boss. “She was an integral part of this program. The community will miss her.”

Belstler handled calls about issues like illegal dumping in the community and enabled the organization to respond to the problem the same or next day, Burton said.

Belstler began working for the nonprofit organization as a program assistant and her job evolved until she eventually became a projects coordinator. She was the El Dorado County coastal cleanup coordinator which included all the area’s waterways.

Belstler said that she will miss Lake Tahoe but is confident that whoever takes her place will be capable of doing her job well.

“I do believe change is a benefit to everyone,” she said. “I’m ready for a change.”

She and her husband, Paul, will be moving to Sacramento where Belstler has accepted a corporate sales manager position with the Sunstone Corporation. The couple will keep their Lake Tahoe home for summer visits.

Belstler has been integral in organizing annual community dump days at which time it costs only $5 for an unlimited truckload of garbage. Last year more than 600 vehicles lined the road around South Tahoe Refuse to take advantage of the day.

“Everybody in the community loves dump day,” Belstler said. “I’ll probably be stopping in to see how it is going.”

“I am very proud of her,” Burton added. “I think that they will miss her very much when she’s gone.”

“(Clean Tahoe) is a good program. It’s something I think every city should have,” Belstler said.

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