The Richmond Register

March 19, 2014

Fourth Berea ‘Deep Clean-up’ scheduled Saturday

Volunteers needed

By Crystal Wylie
Register News Writer

BEREA — It’s time again for Berea to get its annual spring scrubbing this Saturday during the fourth Deep Clean-up, sponsored by Berea College’s Center for Excellence in Learning Through Service.

For the past three years, volunteers have collected nearly 4,000 pounds of trash and almost 1,000 pounds of recyclables from all around town.

Registration is 9:30 a.m. at Brushy Fork Park on Scaffold Cane Road and clean-up begins at 10 a.m. Volunteers will be transported to several areas, such as Walmart, Prospect Street, Elm Street, the Quaker Friends meeting house and a small stretch of Scaffold Cane Road. A 0.64-mile stretch of college property around Brushy Fork Creek also will be targeted.

At noon, volunteers will gather at Brushy Fork Park and be treated to some hearty food and musical entertainment, said Heather Schill, CELTS assistant director.

Community members are welcome to join in the clean-up and festivities, she said.

After a brief look at some of the targeted areas this year, they appear to have less trash build-up, Schill said.

Also, while the number of volunteers has increased each year, the pounds of trash collected has declined, from 1,426 pounds the first year, 1,340 pounds the second and 1,100 pounds last year.

“That would be the hope; that we go out to those areas five years from now and there’s no garbage to collect,” Schill said.

Crystal Wylie can be reached at cwylie@richmondregister.com or 623-1669, Ext. 6696.