By Fallon Rabin, President of ACE Recycling Club
On Sunday, November 15, 2015, Thousand Oaks High School’s A.C.E. Recycling Club, with the support of Heal the Bay, celebrated America Recycles Day by cleaning up Medea Creek in Agoura Hills. An amazing crew of sixty Eco Warrior volunteers collected 570 pounds of trash and 55 pounds of recyclable materials from the creek. In addition to the physical work, the day had an educational purpose as well- participants learned about watersheds and the basic ideals behind America Recycles Day.
Starting at 9AM sharp, the volunteers worked for approximately 2 hours gathering trash and waste that would have otherwise been carried down the creek or kept the creek from flowing. You would not believe what the cleanup crew found: large metal grates, steel cables, a refrigerator, a bookshelf, bicycles, chairs, and even a paddle boat! What?! No way, right? It’s a shame that some people think our waterways are a dumping ground.
With a threat of rain, Mother Nature cooperated and it didn’t start raining until after the cleanup event was finished. The crew was able to clear the trash before it washed further down the creek and closer to the ocean.
Once again, ACE Recycling Club and Heal the Bay brought everyone together to share a common goal, clean a creek in need, and increase environmental awareness on America Recycles Day. In the end, we were exhausted and in need of a shower, but we felt an incredible sense of pride and accomplishment in removing litter from the watershed, recycling 55 pounds of the recyclable litter, and strengthening our local ecosystems so they will continue to thrive. I would like to thank Heal the Bay for their support, and all sixty Eco Warrior volunteers for coming out and helping to make a difference!