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My Echo Story: What non-profits do reverberate throughout town

Catherine Cecchi
Executive Director
Last year, Clean Tahoe’s field crew picked up 149 mattresses and 269 pieces of furniture that had been illegally discarded in South Tahoe.
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Clean Tahoe has been responsible for keeping the south shore of Lake Tahoe clean and litter-free since the late 1980s. Started by a group of concerned citizens, Clean Tahoe was first formed as a city commission before becoming a separate non-profit organization in 1994.

Fast forward to today, and it’s hard to imagine what our community would look without Clean Tahoe. Just last year, our field crew picked up 583 cubic yards of litter and illegally dumped items from the city and county areas of South Tahoe. That’s almost six cubic football fields worth of trash collected from local highways and neighborhoods.

People are often surprised to learn that almost all of that litter is picked up by only two field crew members, Jeff Pollitt and Lou Graves. Jeff and Lou work hard — rain, snow, or shine — to be sure our town looks its best. Last year, in addition to thousands of bags of trash, Jeff and Lou picked up 149 mattresses, 269 pieces of furniture, 158 TVs and computer monitors and 54 tires!

But Clean Tahoe does more than pick up trash. We work closely with our local jurisdictions to help enforce litter and trash ordinances, and Clean Tahoe also hosts volunteer events and cleanups.

Our most popular event is undoubtedly Community Cleanup Day, also known as $5 Dump Day. It’s coming up on Saturday, May 31. Cleanup Day is South Tahoe residents’ opportunity to dispose of unwanted items at greatly reduced rates.

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Thanks to a generous grant from Heavenly and Kirkwood Mountain Resorts, Clean Tahoe is able to continue to bring this event to the community with the same low prices — only $5 per vehicle load, free disposal of e-waste and free secure document shredding.

Thank you, Vail Resorts, for supporting this event. We hope all interested South Tahoe residents will take advantage of Cleanup Day on May 31.

For more info on Clean Tahoe or Community Cleanup Day, visit clean-tahoe.org or call 530-544-4210.


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