More than 17,000 pounds of trash picked up from Teaberry dump site

John Thompson • May 2, 2019 at 11:30 PM

ROAN MOUNTAIN — It took a lot of illegal dumping to create 8.76 tons of trash on a parcel of mountain land on Teaberry Road.

And then, a lot of hard-working community volunteers picked up that trash last Saturday.

Edward Jordan, president of Keep Carter County Beautiful, used the words “awesome job well done” in a thank you email he sent out on Thursday.

Jordan continued his praise for the volunteers by saying: “Our citizen volunteers picked and loaded three 40-yard roll-off dumpsters with 17,520 pounds of illegal rubbish and garbage.”

He said some of the items picked up were not just illegally disposed of, but were potentially hazardous to the environment.

He said some of the items collected were in 12.5 gallon cans that contained what appeared to be paint solvent or thinner. He said that would be very damaging to the area’s drinking water and the watershed. Other items collected included television sets, couches, a mattress, refrigerators, building material and many other items.

Jordan aand Keep Carter County Beautiful said special thanks should be extended to several people who helped make the cleanup more effective.

He said those included Benny Lyons, manager of the Carter County Landfill for providing three 40-yard roll-off dumpsters; Carter County Commissioners Layla Ward and Patty Woodby for their support and Carter County Commissioner Mike Hill for providing lunch from Smoky Mountain Bakers “for a hungry cleanup crew after the cleanup.”

Others he mentioned were Tri-City Jeep Club Volunteers, Beverly Margle and Appalachian Trail hikers.

Jordan said KCCB members “are grateful for all the volunteers that truly have a passion for cleaner, greener communities, but most important is their passion in helping to protect our precious environment, Remember, Together We Can Make a Difference.”

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