Organizers are celebrating the completion of another Toccoa-Stephens County Cleanup Challenge.
Keep Toccoa-Stephens County Beautiful announced the winners of the annual competitive cleanup event at a party to recognize the teams that was held Tuesday at the Stephens County Courthouse Annex in downtown Toccoa.
This year’s Cleanup Challenge took place during the months of March, April, and May.
KTSCB Executive Director Linda Scofield said this year’s challenge went very well.
“Everybody is so proud of what they have done,” said Scofield. “The numbers show for themselves.”
According to statistics presented by KTSCB, 101 volunteers put in more than 3,000 hours of time to pick up nearly 700,000 pounds of debris.
Volunteers cleaned up more than 1,300 tires, 14 cars, three boats, and a motor home, along with beautifying numerous properties around the city and county.
Scofield said she feels that the work these volunteers have done has really made a difference.
She pointed to Mulkey Road, where work was done on both a barn and house that cleaned up properties.
“They were so happy to see it go,” said Scofield of the neighborhood’s reaction. “They said they were going to maintain it from now on.”
According to Scofield, the city provided some grass seed to help with that.
“Everybody is just joining in. It’s so great,” said Scofield. “It is bringing the community together for beautification.”
As for the winning team, it was a group of citizens called the Toccoa Roto League that was captained by Mark Marsteller. That team collected more than 480,000 pounds of debris and hauled off nearly 600 tires.
A team representing the Lake Harbor Shores community finished second place and a team representing Amedisys Hospice finished third.
This was the fourth annual Toccoa-Stephens County Cleanup Challenge.
Scofield said plans are in the works to hold the event more frequently and start another cleanup challenge in September.