The Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association will be hosting a garbage cleanup day on May 22 starting at 9 a.m. at four locations in the area. The first regional event of its kind will bring together partners in litter prevention and sustainable tourism in the hope of an annual event.
The waste cleanup will take place on May 22 from 9 a.m. at locations in Elizabethton, Kingsport, Johnson City and Bristol. Pre-registration of volunteers is strongly encouraged in order to provide appropriate COVID security measures. To volunteer, visit LitterFreeTennessee.com to select your location and receive details, a release said.
Other partners include Keep Carter County Beautiful, Keep Kingsport Beautiful, Honda of Kingsport, Nolichucky Outdoor Learning Institute, Northeast Tennessee Outdoor Coalition, Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership, Sequoyah Council of Boy Scouts of America, Bristol Forests Rally, as well as committed individuals . and activists.
“As a tourism destination marketing organization, it is important that we use our platform not only to share the history and outdoor recreation opportunities of Northeast Tennessee, but also to protect and preserve the lands that make our area such a popular place to visit, ”Alicia Phelps, executive director of the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association, said in the statement.
Outdoor recreation in northeast Tennessee has increased since the pandemic began in 2020 as a popular pastime for locals, as well as visitors.
“While we have seen an increase in these activities and destinations hidden in our mountains, we have also seen an unfortunate amount of trash and human traces,” said Phelps. “Garbage cleanup is important, but so is education on trace-free ethics and respect for our outdoor assets. “
For more information on the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association’s waste prevention efforts, visit LitterFreeTennesee.com.