This clean-up has become a regular event in the Swannanoa community, where teams of volunteers in orange safety vests pick up trash and debris along various roads, including U.S. 70, Old U.S. 70, Patton Cove Rd., Davidson Rd, Bee Tree Rd., and along the river.
Thick spring growth does not deter volunteers from digging deep in knee high grass, brush and water to remove bottles, plastic containers, fast-food wrappings and more. By the end of the three-hour work period, volunteers usually collect about 100 bags of trash, along with tires, mattresses and assorted signs.
“It was fun,” said one volunteer, “I really feel like we did some good cleaning.” FANS hopes that this same energy and enthusiasm will continue in Swannanoa when the community clean-up committee is looking for volunteers for the next Swannanoa Sweep.
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