Volunteers find many items cleaning roadside

Vinny Lisinicchia (front) brings up a tire he found in the brush along CR 200E during a cleanup project there on Saturday, May 14. Behind him is Larry Algon.
Vinny Lisinicchia (front) brings up a tire he found in the brush along CR 200E during a cleanup project there on Saturday, May 14. Behind him is Larry Algon. Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published May 19, 2016.

What can you find alongside the road?

A half-dozen volunteers who spent Saturday morning, May 14, cleaning up along a section of CR 200E can tell you.

Liquor bottles, chunks of Styrofoam, debris from fast food, tires, a toilet, a windshield and an adding machine.

“I found plastic fangs,” says Larry Algon, trash bag in hand.

The volunteers spent several hours in the cold and wind Saturday morning picking up trash along CR 200E, between U.S.-224 and CR 100S, a portion of the county road that passes through the Roush Fish and Wildlife Area.

“There’s so much out here we could have been out until 6 o’clock at night,” says Anthony Lisinicchia, who organized the cleanup. He says he took action after being “appalled” by the amount of trash he saw while riding his bicycle in the area.

“A lot of it was washed up in the floods,” says Nate Schmalzried, assistant property manager at Roush, who pitched in on the cleanup.

But probably not the toilet.

The group filled two dozen trash bags, and the final tally included 14 tires, a culvert pipe 15 feet long and 14 inches wide, countless propane cylinders and lots of glass and plastic, in addition to the toilet, windshield and adding machine.

While Saturday’s cleanup was an informal effort put together by Lisinicchia, he says he’s working with Huntington businessman Todd Nightenhelser to organize a community group that would spearhead similar cleanups on a yearly basis.

“Wherever the need is,” Lisinicchia says.

Anyone interested in volunteering, or in offering project ideas, can contact Lisinicchia at katant@sbcglobal.net.