9/5/2018 - Montgomery County helps Renew the New, removes 1,820 pounds of debris, tires from river

Several localities in Virginia to include Montgomery County, Floyd County, Giles County, Pulaski County, and the City of Radford, all participated in the “Renew the New” regional clean-up event on Saturday, Aug. 25, which was organized regionally by the New River Valley Regional Commission.

Locally, the Montgomery County Parks and Recreation department managed a clean-up crew at the Whitethorne Public Boat Launch. More than 100 volunteers collected 1,820 pounds of trash, miscellaneous debris to include a traffic cone, and tires from a 1.5 mile section of the New River. The event took place between 8 a.m. and noon and participants received a t-shirt and lunch.

In total, the collaborative, regional Renew the New clean-up effort resulted in 350 volunteers cleaning 13 miles of the New River and its surrounding banks and roadsides, with a grand total of 5.5 tons of refuse collected (325 trash bags and 130 tires). To learn more about Renew the New, visit http://renewthenew.org/.

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