Dozens of volunteers walked the banks of Wheeling Creek Saturday to collect garbage and debris as part of the “Make Wheeling Shine” creek cleanup.
Williams Lea Tag teamed up with the City of Wheeling to organize the cleanup between Patterson Recreation Complex in Elm Grove and the Mount de Chantal Kroger.
“There have been a lot of projects that have been helping out downtown Wheeling, but we wanted to reach out to other areas. We thought with this, we’re not only helping clean up the creek that flows into the river, but we’re also cleaning up surrounding areas,” said Danielle Munas, Senior Account Manager with Williams Lea.
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s “Make it Shine” program provided supplies like trash bags and gloves, as well as removal of the trash.
Director of Parks and Strategic Planning Jesse Mestrovic says he estimates about two dump trucks full of trash were collected.
He hopes this will encourage people to contribute in keeping their community clean.
“Hopefully people can be cognizant of tying things down on the back of their pick-up truck, or if you live by a stream, please keep your yard clean and tidy because those creek waters rise up. Fishermen and people recreating, if you see trash, pick it up. We all live here. We’re all trying to make a clean earth, clean planet, clean community,” said Mestrovic.
This was the first year for “Make Wheeling Shine,” but with its success, they are hoping to make it a yearly event.
The project was part of a statewide cleanup initiative called “WV Make it Shine.”
In 2017, more than 5,300 volunteers removed over 169,000 pounds of litter from West Virginia public lands.