Americana Drive Cleanups
Presidents Day Cleanup - February 20, 2023
VDOT customized the message on their electronic warning signs.
On Presidents Day a group of 86 volunteers turned out to address the chronic problem of dumping and heavy littering along Americana Drive. We had an excellent day for working outdoors, with partly cloudy skies and temperatures rising into the mid 50's. As usual, the project was in cooperation with the Fairfax County Restoration Project. We were also supported by Facets, and by The Operation Stream Shield, a Fairfax County work program for shelter residents, makes our task easier by making regular visits to clean along Americana Drive, and had been there just a few days prior. Unfortunately, the dumpers and litterbugs are at work 24/7.
Discarded construction materials are a major element of the items dumped along Americana Drive, tossed away as a matter of convenience by the operators of the many commercial vehicles that park here. It seemed we removed enough lumber, brick, tile, siding, plumbing, insulation, and carpet to build a new house.
In three hours of work, the volunteers removed 247 bags of trash, 21 tires, 8 doors, 4 shopping carts, 3 barbeque grills, 2 car doors, 1 toilet, 1 sink, 1 cash register, 1 washing machine, 1 bicycle, 1 hoverboard, and perhaps over 3 tons of loose debris. There is still so much more out there.
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One volunteer caught sitting down on the job