From Phil Riggan of Richmond.com we get an idea of exactly how much of a difference volunteers can make. Thanks to all that spent their Saturday making our river a better place.
Beginning at 9 a.m., at least 950 registered volunteers scouted the riverbanks for trash, recyclable materials and other debris such as tires. Preliminary results from JRAC Saturday afternoon showed that 348 trash bags full of litter were collected, as well as 191 bags full of recyclable materials, including plastic and glass bottles, aluminum cans, paper and cardboard. Participants collected 82 tires.
Each year, the cleanup benefits from a lot of support from boaters, and this year’s event was no different. According to JRAC, at least 55 boats, including canoes, kayaks and powerboats, volunteered to clean up the James, enabling volunteers to reach out-of-the-way areas that participants on foot could not get to.