Smoky Mountain Young Life partnered with Keep Sevier Beautiful to clean up an illegal dumpsite on the last day of the Great American Cleanup.
The youth group participated as a fundraiser, Trash Dash, to raise money for camp. The kids solicited sponsors to donate money per bag of litter removed along the roadway. However, this year the youth group agreed to help clean up an illegal dumpsite – meaning versus counting bags, they counted tons!
The site was a cul-de-sac from a development that was abandoned; leaving the perfect space for people to drive in, dump trash off the side of the mountain and drive away. The site had everything from household garbage, a large toy box, mattresses, tvs, linens, tires to construction demolition.
The kids raised enough money to go to camp — and cleaned up 31,500 lbs of debris and 153 tires. “This is a great partnership for both KSB and Young Life,” said Laura Howard, Executive Director for Keep Sevier Beautiful. “Residents sponsor kids to improve our community, the kids are getting an opportunity to go to camp and they’re learning firsthand the problems illegal dumps present to our community.”
The program is part of Project Restore – a program to clean up blighted private properties and restore them to their original beauty.