Funding is clean victory for Meyers
The Clean Tahoe Program is a community-based nonprofit program entrusted with improving the visual quality of the Lake Tahoe Basin. The program recently received a Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Funding Award from the California Department of Conservation, Division of Recycling.
The Department of Conservation provides this funding to cities and counties throughout the state of California on an annual basis. The amount of the funding award for each locality is based on population. Each city or county then decides which organizations can best use this funding to increase the recycling of beverage containers in their community.
This year the El Dorado County Environmental Management Department selected the Clean Tahoe Program for funding by this program. Under the direction of Michelle Opalenik, recycling coordinator for the county’s Environmental Management Department, the funding was used to purchase 16 trash and recycling containers. These containers, made from recycled materials, were specifically designed to blend in with the Tahoe landscape and feature the carved image of a bear on the front.
Twelve of the containers have been placed adjacent to businesses fronting the bike path in the Meyers area of El Dorado County. Members of the Meyers Community Round Table had previously requested that the Clean Tahoe Program provide containers for this area which both fit in with the community’s architectural guidelines and encouraged tourists and locals to properly dispose of trash and recyclables. The four remaining containers will be placed in the Marie Sluchak Community Park in Tahoma in the West Shore area of El Dorado County.
The Clean Tahoe Program feels these attractive containers will be a positive addition to the containers which they already service both in the unincorporated areas of El Dorado County and in the city of South Lake Tahoe a cleaner and more beautiful place for residents and visitors.
Anyone who would like to help in efforts to keep Tahoe clean through volunteering for one of its community cleanup events may call the Clean Tahoe program office at (530) 544-4210.
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