Cleanup at Alderpoint Dump Site
UPDATED with Video at the bottom.
Original Post:Over twenty people removed thousands of pounds of trash out of the illegal dump east of Alderpoint yesterday in just a few hours. The volunteers share a sense of community. Chris Anderson called the people who showed up to help, “our village.” Anderson who joined the trash cleanup revolution that is rolling through Humboldt appears to revel in the company almost as much as in the gratification of removing tons of trash from the land.
The volunteers appear to enjoy dragging out sacks of garbage and hitching up old cars. “It’s nice to spend time out there with people who are really ingrained in their community,” said one of the volunteers, Jonathan Gilbert, “Everyone I’ve met has been fantastic.”
The amount of garbage removed is staggering. Almost 3500 pounds was taken to the Eel River Transfer Station yesterday alone and the heaviest items removed weren’t even part of the weigh-in. Volunteers brought a dump truck and a pickup equipped with a winch which hauled up two vehicles, one loaded with scrap metal from over the steep hill. Soon, these vehicles will be hauled to a scrap metal place. “We dragged them off to the side. It is definitely a priority to get those out of there,” said Gilbert. Someone pushed the last vehicle that had been towed up from the dump back over the edge so the volunteers want to remove these vehicles out of the area before the same happens to them.
People driving by stopped and happily donated money to offset the dump fees. At least one of the volunteers thinks that having such a visible operation right on a main road will help curb more illegal dumping. “Hopefully,” said Gilbert, “this changes the way people think about dumping trash.”
Can’t volunteer? Don’t worry you can still help and party at the same time. The Eel River Cleanup Crew is throwing a Trash Bash. On March 28th from 2 to 1 a.m. at the Mateel Community Center, over twenty bands (including NPK!) will join with artists like Bree Smith and Talia Rose and businesses in a gigantic fundraiser for the cleanup effort which has pay for dump fees among other expenses.
Amy Machado, the supercharged trash pickup maven who is putting this together, says there will be “good food, live art, a photobooth, and, of course, lots of music.” Machado says that she hopes the cleanup crusade will spread and she thinks the event on the 28th will be part of that. “Its all about educating and getting together,” she said. “The money is going towards dump fees and spreading awareness.”
She also hopes the event gets more people to jump in and help. “I can see [the movement] gathering more people and more momentum. The poundage is just going up. We’ll need money to pay for dump fees.”
The enormous amount of trash to be dealt with is daunting but the volunteers are unfazed. “We can do this together,” said Chris Anderson. “Positive change by positive people…One bag, one tote, one winch, one truck at a time.”