Tuolumne cleans up for the Spring

archive_import

Clean up week in Tuolumne and Ponderosa Hills began Sunday with 40 volunteers representing The Women's Improvement Society of Tuolumne removing everything from pine needles to swamp coolers.

This is the third year of the TWIST effort to assist Tuolumne residents in cleaning up the clutter in-and-around their homes. The service is free.

Watching a half dozen volunteers pick up "stuff" in front of his house, a Tuolumne resident said Sunday, "It's all just clutter now. I'm tired of tripping over it. After awhile it all becomes junk. If I had my way, I'd put out a lot more."

By Sunday night, the volunteers had taken nearly 20 trips to the dump and had a pile of scrap metal the size of two school buses, according to Terri Neher who coordinated the scavenger teams.

The annual event is especially helpful to residents because volunteers take anything. This year, volunteers were broken into six teams picking up e-waste and televisions; hazardous waste; household items such as furniture; scrap metal, tires and yard waste and slash. Those who participated in the clean up were very good about separating items for the targeted pick ups, Neher said.

Tuolumne does not have a drop-off location for hazardous waste and some people do not have the resources or the transportation to take their hazardous waste to a drop-off location.

TWIST leaders have a long-term vision for future clean up weeks that anyone who has clutter and items they wish to have hauled away can set the items out and they will be removed.

But for this year, with the assistance of the Board of Supervisors, and the public works department which waived the county's portion of the dump fees, TWIST assisted 45 residents in removing items for which they had no more use.

During a lunch break Sunday in Tuolumne Park, the clean up volunteers were exhilarated with the amount of appreciation they received from residents. The hard work was nothing compared to the gratitude they were accorded. "You just know you have made a big difference and that makes it all worthwhile," Neher commented.

"I was really impressed with how organized they were," said Gretchen Olsen, Tuolumne County solid waste manager. "I'm sure they got some unplanned gifts from people."

Olsen said she was pleased with TWIST's approach, a partnership. Everybody contributed something.

To all the TWIST volunteers who participated in what one termed "crazy fun," Tuolumne is less cluttered today and there are many very thankful residents.

11691475
The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Friday August 26, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
Why should taxpayers pay for closed primaries?

08/22/2016

California’s June presidential primary election is now just a memory, long ago ... more

Not the way to do minority outreach

08/22/2016

In the nanosecond between Donald Trump’s foot-in-mouth moments this week, just before ... more

Letters to the Editor for Aug. 25, 2016

08/25/2016

Communications badly needed To the Editor: As I was reading the article ... more

Letters to the Editor for August 23, 2016

08/22/2016

Trump, the narcissist To the Editor: True to the narcissistic pattern, Trump ... more

Clinton’s Achilles’ heel: absolute lack of clarity

08/23/2016

WASHINGTON — When I wrote the headline “Hillary’s heel,” I was thinking ... more