Cleveland cleanup effort includes Mouse Creek and greenway

Cleveland cleanup effort includes Mouse Creek and greenway

April 22nd, 2012 by Randall Higgins in News

Members of Olin Corp.'s Environmental Remediation Group finish their litter pickup early Saturday morning during a community clean-up in Cleveland, Tenn. From left are James Cashwell, Alison Gear, Rhonda McClure, Keith Roberts, Rick McClure, Carrie Hunt, Beth Baltimore and Garland Hilliard.

Photo by Randall Higgins /Times Free Press.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- Spring cleaning continued here Saturday with another Great American Cleanup event coordinated by Keep America Beautiful.

The focus was Mouse Creek and the greenway that winds through Cleveland.

Two Saturdays earlier, more than 800 households took part in the annual household hazardous waste collection day, said Joanne Maskew, executive director of the Cleveland/Bradley KAB chapter. Then on April 14, Cleveland State Community College hosted the annual "It's All About the Green" program, which featured local environmentally friendly businesses.

On Saturday, members of Olin Corp.'s Environmental Remediation Group started early picking up litter along Mouse Creek Road from Keith Street to Paul Huff Parkway. Among their local environmental activities, the group takes part in KAB's Adopt-A-Spot program.

"I drive this way to work every day, so I keep my eyes on it," said Beth Baltimore, office manager.

The group does a litter pickup every quarter. And that usually includes the grounds of Yates Primary and Ross Elementary schools.

"For the most part the city does a great job," she said, "but since we are here, we include the school grounds, too."

The Olin team started early because of a forecast for a rainy day.

"They are my risk takers. They were going to come, rain or shine," Baltimore said.

The Environmental Remediation Group has about 30 employees locally, said Rick McClure.

"We manage environmental sites throughout the United States," he said.