YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown is clean and green thanks to 656 volunteers who filled 912 bags with 18,232 pounds of roadside litter during the 31st annual Battle of Yorktown, held Saturday, April 13.
From sunup to sundown, hundreds of volunteers donned their safety vests, grabbed their trash pickers and filled orange bags with tons of trash from Yorktown’s roadsides. On average, volunteers collect between nine and 11 tons of trash.
“It’s certainly discouraging to realize how much litter finds its way to our community, but then again how fortunate we are to have volunteers willing to work to keep Yorktown clean and green,” said Kim Angliss-Gage, the town’s refuse and recycling coordinator.
Among the volunteers every year are many scouting troops, including Scouts BSA Troop 164, which cleaned up the area near Railroad Park.
“This is important because if we don’t do this then the town will get so dirty,” said Kate Riordan, a member of the troop’s all-girl den.
The Whalen family, including kids Julia, Emily and Ben, clean up the center of Yorktown Heights every year.
“I don’t want the earth to look like a giant garbage dump,” Ben said.
Common litter items include water bottles, beer cans, liquor bottles, coffee cups, cardboard and cigarette packs. Volunteers also found some unusual items, like a rusted vehicle hood, tires, rugs, and a kitchen sink.
“When the plastic goes on the ground, it’s really bad for the animals and the plants around,” Julia said. “If we pick up more plastic, it will make the whole town really more beautiful.”
Emily said cleaning up Yorktown is rewarding.
“As we work, we can tell the difference between where we came and started working after,” Emily said.