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Black River Trash Bash event garners near-record amount in fourth year


LOWVILLE — Volunteers collected a near record amount of garbage, by weight, during this fall’s fourth annual Black River Trash Bash, thanks in part to several appliances.

“It’s a shame,” said John K. Bartow, executive director of the Tug Hill Commission. “There is an ever-increasing recycling market.”

Twenty-nine volunteers collected 32 bags of garbage at four different sites in late September and early October during the annual event, organized by Mr. Bartow’s agency and the Lewis County Soil and Water Conservation District.

While that is the same number of bags as last year, the total weight of the garbage collected was 726 pounds, up from 504.5 pounds in 2012 and only slightly lower than the 735 pounds of trash picked up during the inaugural event in 2010.

Among the items picked up were six appliances, 26 diapers, 42 pieces of construction materials, two tires, 78 tobacco packages, 20 pieces of fishing line, 333 beverage containers, 248 food wrappers and 341 cigarette butts.

The totals, along with specific item information, have been sent to the American Littoral Society for use in devising strategies to combat pollution.

The annual event serves not only to clean up the shoreline of the Black River but also to increase public awareness of “the significance it has in all three counties the river goes through,” Mr. Bartow said.

While the amount of garbage collected varies from year to year, partly because of differing water flows and runoff, it remains an important event and a way for volunteers to “give back to the river,” he said.

“It’s just a tremendous resource in terms of its diversity,” Mr. Bartow said.

Cleanup sites and coordinating groups were Lyons Falls and Port Leyden by Lyons Falls ALIVE, Greig by the Lewis County Soil and Water Conservation District, Boonville by the Adirondack Community Advisory League and Watertown by Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust.

Nirvana Spring Water donated bottled water for the event, while White’s Lumber donated gloves. The state Department of Transportation also assisted with bag pickup, Mr. Bartow said.

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