Businesses on Elliott Parkway spruce up the street for Earth Day

April 29, 2011|By CALEB CALHOUN |
  • George Delaplaine, right, and Mally Chakola from the Maryland Paper Co. clean up trash along Elliott Parkway in Williamsport on Friday.
By Caleb Calhoun/Mobile Reporter

To celebrate Earth Day, businesses on Elliott Parkway came out on Friday to clean up the street.

“As a father of four, I really want to leave my kids a clean environment,” says Jason Clark, who works in the warehouse and the freezer at Dot Foods. “Everybody wants their community to be clean.”

The event is hosted by Dot Foods, which is a distribution company. Once a year they get all the businesses in the area to go out and clean up the street they work on, and then they have a cookout afterward.

“This is important because it shows that everybody can do their part to clean up, and it really doesn’t take much,” said Ryan Cooley, Operation Supervisor for Dot Foods’ Williamsport Distribution Center. “The amount of trash that we pick up is quite a bit in two hours.”

Cooley says more businesses in more areas could make a huge impact if they did an event like this.

“I wish we could do it more than once a year, but if every business did this once a year it would still make a big difference,” he said.

Arlin Horst, an operations manager at Walmart Logistics, also took part in the event. He says that it’s important for different businesses to get involved in their communities.

“This is a good way for companies to network with each other,” he said. “Being in the same area, our businesses need to have relationships.”

Dot Foods has eight locations across the country, and all of them take part in this event. It would have taken place on Earth Day, but they moved it back a week because of Easter.

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