Two hundred tons of trash and debris are missing in Prince George's County, thanks to the recent day-long Prince George's County annual cleanup campaign.
Like last year, rain plagued the affair, but it has been deemed a success by the Citizens Working for a New Quality Committee, which organized and sponsored the cleanup. Last year, 245 tons of trash were collected during a two-day cleanup drive.
Many schools and individuals participated by collecting more than 16,000 pounds of aluminum cans. Some of the largest collections turned in were those from Parkway Elementary School in Hyattsville (1,914 pounds); Lord Baltimore Junior High in Oxon Hill (1,238 pounds); and Oxon Hill Elementary School (500 pounds).
The Reynolds Aluminium Company is to present $50 awards to students of Parkway Elementary and Lord Baltimore Junior High School for their exceptional efforts.
Trucks to carry the trash away were stationed at the county's 46 fire stations, and were provided by 18 private trucking companies, municipalities, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission and the County Public Works Department.
In an attempt to keep the litter down in Prince George's County, the New Quality Committee is distributing 50,000 car pitch-in litter bags to libraries and gas stations around the county. The bags were purchased through donations received from Suburban Trust Company, Citizens Bank and Trust Company and the People's National Bank of Maryland.