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2017-06-08

More than Half of River Trash was Recycled

Robert Brischetto

The annual Medina River Cleanup on May 6 filled two large dumpsters, one of which was full of metal that was recycled.
Kerrville Recycling measured 4,080 lbs. of scrap metal retrieved from the river on cleanup day, 680 lbs. more than last year’s cleanup. A second dumpster was filled with trash that could not be recycled, reported Morgan Ayres, who oversaw sorting out the trash on cleanup day.
The recycling effort produced dividends for the Medina River Protection Fund, which hosts the cleanup each year. Kerrville Recycling loaned the dumpster, contributed the $204 collected from recycling the metal and another $1,714 to pay for the t-shirts that went to all participants, according to Ayres.
About 200 participants from 21 cities and towns in Texas came to the cleanup this year. Their effort was mostly aimed at removing debris from the flooding which occurred on June 3, after last year’s cleanup. This was the seventeenth year of the annual cleanup, which is always held on the first Saturday in May.