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Yarmouth high students rid roadside of 4,300 pounds of waste

Cleveland Road cleanup took four hours on June 7 


Published on June 8, 2017

The Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School Grade 10 O2 (Options & Opportunities) class, along with Grade 9 Discovering Opportunities students, with some of the 100 discarded traps they removed from the Cleveland Road roadside during a June 7 cleanup.

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YARMOUTH COUNTY - They deserve applause. 

On June 7 it required plenty of muscle from a determined group of students to pull and drag out over 100 lobster traps tangled in vegetation along the Cleveland Road.

Students drag out the lobster traps tangled in vegetation along the Cleveland Road.
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The Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School Grade 10 O2 (Options & Opportunities) class, along with Grade 9 Discovering Opportunities students, cleaned along both sides of the road for about four hours. 

Students drag out the lobster traps tangled in vegetation along the Cleveland Road.
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In total, 4,320 pounds of waste were removed.  This brings the grand total for O2 environmental cleanups to more than 20,000 lbs. since the first cleanup was performed in the spring of 2014.

The total weight for June 7 doesn't include TVs and tires removed.

O2 lead teacher for YCMHS, Tarah Thompson-Schwan, says those who tackled the cleanup knew there were traps buried in the brush, but had no idea how many.  

“Nobody thought to count, they just kept on coming and coming,” she said.

Mangled lobster traps collected during a cleanup along Cleveland Road are stacked on a truck by students.
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It has become a bit of a competition among the O2 classes at YCMHS to see if they beat the record (for weight) from past years.  Prior to this, the biggest haul recorded was on Earth Day 2015 when 4,004 lbs. were cleaned up in the Hilton Road area.  Yesterday's cleanup sets a new record.

Waste Check’s weight breakdown for June 7

3,700 lbs of metal

620 lbs of garbage

21 tires

6 tv's

1 speaker