Volunteers pull tires from the New River as part of the Renew the New event that brings several localities together to clean up debris and litter from the river.

Several localities in Virginia to include Montgomery County, Floyd County, Giles County, Pulaski County, and the City of Radford, all participated in the “Renew the New” regional cleanup event on Saturday, Aug. 25, which was organized regionally by the New River Valley Regional Commission.

Locally, the Montgomery County Parks and Recreation department managed a cleanup crew at the Whitethorne Public Boat Launch. More than 100 volunteers collected 1,820 pounds of trash, miscellaneous debris to include a traffic cone, and tires from a 1.5 mile section of the New River.

The event took place between 8 a.m. and noon and participants received a t-shirt and lunch. To learn more about Renew the New, visit renewthenew.org/.

County stats

  • Volunteers: over 100
  • Staff: 6
  • Miles Cleaned: 1.50
  • Tires: 28
  • Trash Weight + Misc. Debris: 880 lbs.
  • Tire Weight: 940 lbs.
  • Grand Total Weight: 1,820 lbs. (.91 Tons)

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