Volunteers picked up more than two tons of debris.
On Saturday, Oct. 14, hundreds of volunteers gathered to clean up waterways in and around Denton at the City’s annual event, Stream Clean. As a result, 3,770 pounds of trash and 728 pounds of recyclable materials were picked up, as well as dozens of large items such as tires.
Volunteers pick up litter at a Pecan Creek cleanup site
“Stream Clean is an opportunity for residents to work together for the better of our community, but it’s also a chance for them to see the impact of littering,” said Katherine Barnett, City of Denton Sustainability and Special Project Administrator.
Volunteers primarily pick up small littered items such as bottles and cans, but they were surprised this year by the number and variety of large items.
“Just to name a few – we found eight tires, an entire back seat, and sections of fences. The cleanup will continue after the event because some items, including a bathtub at Pecan Creek, were too large for the volunteers to handle.” said Barnett. “Overall, though, the sites that were targeted this year will be left much cleaner than before the event, preventing all that litter from reaching our water sources.”
Stream Clean is sponsored by the City of Denton Water Utilities Department, Environmental Services and Sustainability, the Solid Waste and Recycling Department, and Keep Denton Beautiful. Volunteers included returning families and individuals, local scout troops, and groups from Denton ISD, the University of North Texas, and Texas Woman’s University.
Next year’s Stream Clean is tentatively planned for a Saturday in October. Information about volunteering will be available at www.cityofdenton.com/streamclean