Dozens turn out to collect more than two tons of garbage from streets, canals and culverts

Published in the January 24 – February 6, 2018 issue of Gilroy Life

San Martin volunteers worked hard to clean up the community on Nov. 11. Photo courtesy San Martin Neighborhood Alliance

Taking out the trash is a chore everyone must do. Rarely does anyone get a commendation from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors for this activity.

Superintendent Mike Wasserman did exactly that at the Jan. 8 board meeting by putting a spotlight on the San Martin Neighborhood Alliance, along with GreenWaste Recovery and the San Martin Chamber of Commerce, for the joint community “trash bash” event that was held Nov. 11.

The three-hour trash collection endeavor started at the Sig Sanchez Government Center in San Martin. From there, about 75 volunteers, residents and business owners from throughout the South Valley divided into 10 trash teams.

They took to the streets and collected more than two tons of litter from rural roads, soft shoulders, flood-control canals and culverts, and storm drains.

The trash bash will become an event held every spring and fall to make a difference in keeping San Martin clean.

GreenWaste donated its services to collect and dispose of all the trash gathered by the volunteers.

San Martin Neighborhood Alliance President Trina Hineser told Wasserman at the commendation: “I just want to say, on behalf of the San Martin residents and businesses that we have, we are just very honored to be recognized for the work that we did with the trash bash.

“It wouldn’t have happened without Supervisor Wasserman reaching out to us and the San Martin Chamber of Commerce for starting a business area that we can recognize.

“And we just are really thrilled to work with Green Waste Management as well. Now, with the collective work that we are doing together, we can really make a significant difference in our community. So, thank you.”