Westminster was the host site for the event serving as the gathering point as well as the primary location for the accumulation of trash bags, etc. We also provided parking for those who needed it, bathroom access, the registration table and a water/refreshment station for the volunteer workers (the UVA Club set up a “water bar” – connected to the church water supply – that filtered and chilled the water so the group did not use disposable water bottles). This provided 17 liters of fresh water during the event.
The trash pickup area ran in the Buckingham Branch Railroad right-of-way from the Culbreth Road Garage to 15thStreet, N.W. – a distance of 1175 feet.
Using 30-gallon collection bags (lawn and leaf bag size), 35 bags of recyclables were collected as well as 23 more bags of debris considered to be non-recyclable. Also, we retrieved a car tire, a chest of drawers, a wall-unit bookcase, a washing machine agitator and a couple of chairs. We were not able to remove three large carpets that were too heavy (but somehow managed to get thrown over the fence from Chancellor St.!) We will make arrangements to have them cut up and removed one day soon.
In all, forty-three people participated – a lot of UVA students but including a number of Westminster members – Nadine Roddy and Jim Brinkerhoff staffed the registration table; James Burch, Dick Redding, Dana Eastman, Peter Gates and Mike Balister joined me and Tom Mullen in picking up trash along the railroad tracks.
I had an opportunity to welcome the group and tout our church’s Green Team. I felt that many of the student volunteers were surprised to learn that our congregation and their Environmental Club had so much in common.