Clean Tahoe hosting South Lake Tahoe, Stateline neighborhood cleanup Saturday
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — As part of an ongoing effort to address trash concerns across the South Shore, Clean Tahoe will host its inaugural Spring Clean neighborhood cleanup Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers can sign up online in advance at http://www.clean-tahoe.org or on Saturday morning at Lakeview Commons.
“I think it’s going to be great,” City of South Lake Tahoe spokeswoman Tracy Franklin said. “I think it’s great that Clean Tahoe is putting it together.”
Volunteers can choose to assist in a number of neighborhoods in the South Lake Tahoe and Stateline area. If a particular area isn’t listed they can also suggest starting an additional site. Those who register in advance will receive instructions on where to meet in the neighborhoods they select to receive trash bags.
Organizers will host a free lunch at Lakeview Commons following the cleanups.
“It’s overwhelming for us when the snow melts,” Clean Tahoe director Catherine Cecchi said of the need for the volunteer cleanup day. “There’s all this trash that was covered up by snow.”
She credited wildlife trash incidents and garbage left out prior to pickup times among chief reasons for trash concerns on Tahoe’s South Shore.
“I think it’s a huge issue,” she said, adding, “people are becoming more and more aware of it.”
The nonprofit has two full-time staff members and a number of volunteers that regularly assist with trash issues in the area.
Cecchi said she was pleasantly surprised by the number of people who already signed up.
“We’ve got almost 100 already,” she said. “Hopefully we can pick up a couple more.”
She credited Harrah’s and Harveys Lake Tahoe along with the American Century Championship for sponsoring the event and helping drive participation. She also noted that a number of employees from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe are expected to participate.
Additionally, City of South Lake Tahoe and League to Save Lake Tahoe officials will participate.
Clean Tahoe work crews will collect any trash picked up during the cleanup at each of the designated sites. Clean Tahoe will monitor and record what kind of trash is collected.
“I think that it’ll be interesting to see what we pick up compared to beach cleanups,” Cecchi said.
Clean Tahoe and a number of other local agencies will also host the fifth annual Tahoe Bike Challenge Community Bike Path Cleanup Saturday, June 11, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
More information is available at clean-tahoe.org. Additionally, the group has positions for day-to-day volunteers to assist with regular cleanup concerns.
“Our main volunteer push is having folks go out on their own time,” Cecchi said.