Groups of volunteers set out around Nanuet on Saturday to pick of trash as part of the Great American Cleanup, a national effort to clean up communities that is organized locally by Keep Rockland Beautiful.
Volunteers first stopped by the headquarters for the Nanuet Great American Cleanup, which was in the parking lot of Stop & Shop. There, Keep Rockland Beautiful volunteers could direct them to a spot in need of cleaning around Nanuet if they didn’t have one in mind. They also gave out gloves, bags for garbage and recycling and pickers.
One popular area early on Saturday was behind the old Huffman Koos furniture store on Middletown Rd. A group started cleaning there at around 9 a.m. Saturday and within 90 minutes filled more than 15 large trash bags with litter. The group included Rockland County Legislator Christopher Carey, who said it was his second year participating in the event and he hopes to keep participating and bringing more people with him each year.
Also behind the Huffman Koos was Nanuet resident Thomas Kyle and Debbie Shaw, of Pearl River. Shaw works near the site at Eastern Mountain Sports in Nanuet.
Rockland County Legislator Aney Paul and a group of friends set to clean along the sidewalks on Route 59 up to Smith St.
A lot of people who participate in the Great American Cleanup also go around their own residential neighborhoods to pick up trash.
Daisy Girl Scout Troops 40177 and 40222 pitched in and cleaned up the grounds around Laurel Plains Elementary School in New City on Sunday.