Hundreds of pounds of trash were collected on April 21 during Alpine’s annual “I Love a Clean Alpine” Earth Day celebration!
“We’ve already got 200 pounds of trash and we haven’t even started yet,” Jon Green, program director for the Back Country Land Trust, told volunteers just before the event’s traditional flag raising at The Triangle in the center of town. About a third of that trash, Green said, was carpeting and carpet padding dropped along Alpine Boulevard.
Scarlett Spencer of Alpine was one of the volunteers who walked the boulevard, picking up litter and other debris as part of the community cleanup, which was presented by the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce, its members and sponsors. “It’s my first ‘I Love a Clean Alpine,’” Spencer said. “I’m a member of the Back Country Land Trust and I’m always supporting what they’re doing.” Spencer and other volunteers listened carefully to safety precautions from sheriff’s Deputy Matt Passovoy. Passovoy’s information contained instructions about what to do if drugs, syringes or firearms were discovered.
Other “Clean Alpine” sponsors this year included VFW Bert Fuller Post 9578; the Kiwanis Club of Alpine, Kamp’s Propane, Children’s Nature Retreat, Sycuan Casino & Resort and Village Carpets/Flooring Americq, Goodwill Industries of San Diego County, Waste Management and “I Love a Clean San Diego.” Data Disposal, Inc., the Alpine Regional Center, Urban Corps of San Diego County and Café 99 also were sponsors.
"This community's sense of self-worth is impressive,” said Chamber Executive Director Jeff Morris. “Big thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors who helped to make this event happen." The free cleanup included document shredding and recycling of tires, television sets, DVD/VCR players, household items and clothing without charge at the Alpine Regional Center, 1620 Alpine Blvd.
Data Disposal Inc. owner and President Bob Carroll stressed the importance of properly getting rid of every paper that might disclose someone’s identity. “The sad reality is that identity theft is becoming a business in this country,” Carroll said. “Even the individual mailer can be used to take someone’s identity away.”
Urban Corps of San Diego County collected primarily electronic waste. “Our main thing is that if people don’t dispose of it the right way, all that stuff ends up in the landfills,” said Madyan Abduras of Urban Corps. “There’s lead mercury in this stuff and it seeps into the soil.”
(Photos by the Chamber and Jon Green, Back Country Land Trust)