Fifth annual event was Saturday, Sept. 6
Estimated 2,500 pounds of waste removed during Rockton Rock River Sweep
Editor’s note: The following is from Loren Floto and Tricia Nelson, coordinators of the Rock River Sweep in Rockton, Illinois.
We had perfect weather for the Fifth Annual Rock River Sweep last Saturday (Sept. 6), and a nice turnout of 48 hardworking volunteers. Thanks to all who were involved in supporting us in one way or another!
We removed an estimated 2,500 pounds of trash from a 10-mile stretch of the river. About 150 pounds were recyclable. The rest was not recyclable or too dirty or degraded to recycle. Our haul included eight old tires, one inner tube, an old computer monitor, a huge plastic drum, a wrestling mat, large and small pieces of Styrofoam, rusted steel cans, fishing gear, the usual clothing and footwear and other junk, and way too many beverage cans and plastic bottles.
Our supporters included Talcott Free Library, First National Bank & Trust, Advia Credit Union, Flotowood Services, Green Quarter Landscaping, Dairyhaus, Rubies ’n’ Rust, Flying Pig, Country Financial, Marilyn Mohring, Rockton Village Board, Waste Management and Rockton Lions Club.
If you have a chance, thank them for helping us.
Our volunteers included five Hononegah High School students and a group of 15 teachers and students from the Maria Montessori program at Thurgood Marshall School in Rockford. Volunteers ranged in age from 6 to 72. We enjoyed watermelon, pizza from Mark’s and door prizes.
Thanks again, everyone, and we hope to see you next September for Rock River Sweep No. 6.
From the Sept. 24-30, 2014, issue