KTSCB Hands Out Cleanup Challenge Awards

Keep Toccoa-Stephens County Beautiful is announcing the winners for this year’s Cleanup Challenge in Stephens County.

The annual Great American Cleanup Challenge event took place earlier this year.

KTSCB handed out awards to the winners at an event last Thursday in the Stephens County Courthouse Annex in Toccoa.

The Lake Harbor Shores team won this year’s Cleanup Challenge.

Finishing second was the Stephens County Fire Explorers team, while the “Big Green Machine” team finished third place.

Keep Toccoa-Stephens County Beautiful Executive Director Linda Scofield said the challenge went very well again this year.

“We did not have as many teams as we did last year, but the teams that we did have did very well,” said Scofield.

According to Scofield, 1,394 volunteer hours were donated for a total labor cost donated of $31,365. She added that those volunteers picked up 97,940 pounds of litter and debris and collected 129 tires.

“That is really a good year, I think,” said Scofield.

She also thanked a number of other groups and individuals who helped out with this year’s challenge, along with Keep America Beautiful, which awarded Keep Toccoa-Stephens County Beautiful with two grants to help with beautification and litter cleanup efforts.

The Cleanup Challenge is an annual competitive clean-up event in which teams earn points for picking up litter and conducting other community cleanup activities.

It is conducted each year in conjunction with the nationwide Great American Cleanup.