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Volunteers credited for productive cleanup
A group of volunteers, from left, Ken Fahey, Kelsey Childress, Rob Massey and Chad Rush help clean up an illegal dump site near Fowler Park as part of the Great American Cleanup event Saturday. Organized by Keep Forsyth County Beautiful, the effort sent volunteers to clean up sites around the county. - photo by Autumn Vetter

The morning before his high school prom, Rob Massey waded through trash at an illegal dumping site on Fowler Road.

Wearing gloves, the North Forsyth student carried random discarded items from the roadside to a large trash receptacle.

Massey said he’d signed up for the Keep Forsyth County Beautiful Great American Cleanup with environmental science classmates as a way to “help the community.”

“Next, I’m going to take a nice, long, hot shower,” Massey said.

More than 300 volunteers fanned throughout the county Saturday, cleaning up 18 roadside locations more than a mile long and four illegal dumping sites, said Kevin Smith, KFCB’s community outreach specialist.

The collection netted more than 400 bags of trash, more than 100 tires and about 500 pounds of debris, Smith said.

“This was our best Great American Cleanup yet in terms of numbers and productivity,” he said. “The volunteers were motivated and the feedback was all positive.

“We look forward to next year being even bigger and better.”

Following the Earth Day-weekend cleanup, volunteers gathered for some food and fun at Fowler.