Strong volunteer turnout leads to successful Plateau Pickup

More than 120 volunteers collected 95 cubic yards of trash from our roadsides at the annual Plateau Pickup on April 15.

Volunteers picking up trash along US 64 during Plateau Pickup.

Volunteers began the day at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park as they were assigned geographic areas of the plateau – throughout downtown Highlands and highways 64, 28 and 106.

Highlands Mayor Pat Taylor said a few words thanking volunteers for showing up and taking the time to clean up the area.

Upon conclusion, all gathered for lunch back at the park.

Not all groups were sent to locations along the highway, many volunteers walked the streets of downtown Highlands filling bags with trash.

“Each year the momentum seems to grow for this event,” said Kaye McHan, executive director of the Highlands Chamber of Commerce/Visit Highlands. “It shows how much our local residents truly care about their community.”

Volunteers met at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park to gather equipment and cleaning assignments.

Plateau Pickup is organized by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce/Visit Highlands, NC with partnership and logistical support provided by Macon County Sheriff’s Office, US Forest Service, NC Department of Transportation, NC State Patrol, Town of Highlands, and Highlands Police Department.

Volunteers pass by Highlands Town Hall during this year’s Plateau Pickup.

For more information about the Highlands Chamber of Commerce/Visit Highlands, NC call 828.526.5841 or click HERE.

Volunteers collected 95 cubic yards of trash from our roadsides.

Volunteers collect the necessary equipment to go out and pick up trash safely along the roadside.

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