April 27, 2013

Volunteers haul dozens of tires from Athens river

— ATHENS (AP) — The Oconee River is a bit cleaner after volunteers in canoes hauled dozens of tires and other trash from its waters that wind through downtown Athens.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports about 40 University of Georgia students and community volunteers pitched in Friday to clean up a 2.8 mile stretch of the Oconee.

They ended up fishing 44 car tires from the river as well as bottles and cans, a traffic cone and several children’s toys.

The Oconee River cleanup concluded a week of environmentally themed events sponsored by the university’s Office of Sustainability. Other events included trash audits and recycling of old electronics.