Volunteers collected some 3 tons of trash and recyclables Oct. 15 from White Rock Canyon. Photo by Phillip Noll/Raven Mountain Images
For many years some unscrupulous people have used beautiful White Rock Canyon as a dumping ground for their trash. Photo by Phillip Noll/Raven Mountain Images
Los Alamos County helped procure the use of a crane that lowered a large bucket that volunteers filled with trash gathered below the rim. Photo by Phillip Noll/Raven Mountain Images
A group of dedicated citizens cleaned up almost 3 tons of trash and recyclables Oct. 15 from White Rock Canyon between the Blue Dot Trail and the Overlook in a project organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and Los Alamos County.
For many years some unscrupulous people have used this beautiful area as a dumping ground for their trash. Those hiking the Blue Dot Trail have had to look at all this trash for many years. It was time to do something about it.
More than 20 volunteers participated in the event. Some climbed down into the canyon and others stayed above. Los Alamos County helped procure the use of a crane that lowered a large bucket that volunteers filled with trash gathered below the rim. Once the bucket was brought up to the rim, other crew members sorted the trash and recyclables and placed them in the proper dumpsters.
Phil Noll got the planning started for this event five months ago — thanks for bringing the planning group together, for photographing the project, and for moving many pounds of trash in between photos. PEEC’s Jonathan Creel, County Open-Space Specialist Eric Peterson (with a little help from his county co-workers), and the Los Alamos Fire Department brought it all together. It was great collaborative effort and Smith’s even donated granola bars to keep the volunteers going.
Some of the things hauled out of the canyon:
Washer & Dryer
Hot Water Heater
Parts of a Motorcycle
Two Leather Recliners
Stereo Components and Computer Displays
Lots of lumber
Cans, bottles, broken toilets, and other assorted trash.
The Eco Station reported that volunteers hauled out 3,880 pounds of trash, almost 2 tons, of which 1,920 pounds, .96 tons was recycled.
Now when people stand on the rim or hike the Blue Dot Trail, they just see the immense beauty of White Rock Canyon—as it should be. Thanks to everyone who donated their time and muscle to the Oct. 15 cleanup project
Just a reminder, the Eco Station takes all large trash items and recyclables.