Riversweep gathers 21 tons

From staff reportsOctober 11, 2013 

— When the mud settled, Lake Wylie was 21 tons lighter following the 12th annual Riversweep held Oct. 10.

“Now that we have held 12 cleanup events on Lake Wylie, I think we're really getting the hang of it,” said Lake Wylie Lakekeeper Ellen Goff, with the sponsoring Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation. “We are very pleased with the results and, in particular, with all the Riversweep volunteers who worked tirelessly to make the clean up such a success.”

Here’s a look at what came in, by the numbers:

• 42,305 pounds of trash — just more than 21 tons.

• 859 volunteers

• 528 bags of trash

• 180 bags of recyclables

• 138 tires

• 19 heavy Styrafoam blocks from boat docks

• 18 50-gallon barrels (plastic and metal)

• 14 volunteer site locations

• 12 dumpsters

• 12 large tree trunks

• 12 plastic/metal pieces (chairs, cans, etc.)

• 4 auto batteries (plus another personal watercraft battery)

• 3 boat seats

• 3 metal grills

• 3 broken buoys

• 2 swing sets

And one each: 18-foot sailboat hull, 15-foot floating dock, 14-foot sailboat hull, car axle and bumper, set of end tables, hydraulic jack and a four-piece set of lawn furniture.

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