Clean-up reports released after community volunteers picked up debris as part of Take Pride clean-up days in Smith Mountain Lake



Bernard’s Landing owners use the Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake branded orange bags to pick up debris along the shore and beach during their event in May. Twenty-six volunteers attended, starting the day with coffee and donuts. (Photo courtesy: Be proud of Smith Mountain Lake)

SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE, Va. (WFXR) – Community volunteers collected approximately 32,500 pounds of debris as part of Take Pride during Smith Mountain Lake clean-up days.

Although the amount raised in May is lower than the figures for 2019, the organizers have a positive view of the progress made.

“The persistent pandemic has certainly played a role in reducing the debris collected this year, but we are still extremely pleased with the progress made in cleaning up SML before the season opens,” said John Rupnik, President of Smith Mountain . Lake Association (SMLA).

The clean-up committee has relied on communities and homeowner / owner associations to clean up near their respective buildings due to COVID-19 restrictions. They encouraged neighborhood groups, businesses, civic organizations, families and individuals to plan their own cleanup activities in May. Commercial supplies and dumpsters have been provided.

“We hope to return to a hybrid model for Take Pride next year. This will allow the committee to re-plan structured events at different marinas around the lake on the first three weekends in May, in addition to individual group efforts. Our annual clean-up days are so important to the overall health, beauty and safety of Smith Mountain Lake. We cannot thank our volunteers and sponsors enough for supporting Take Pride in SML.

Paula Shoffner, Executive Director of TLAC

According to the clean-up report, 166 people worked 48 miles of shore, filling 190 garbage bags and carrying debris. The items they typically collect are plastic and glass bottles, beverage cans, plastic bags, tires, and food packaging and containers. However, they also found a paddle boat, toilet seat, and wood with a rug attached.

The full cleaning report is available in line or at the TLAC office located on the upper level of The Plaza, 400 Scruggs Road, Suite 200 in Moneta.

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