Environment Committee:

The purpose of this Committee is to improve the environment and conserve natural resources in the community while supporting the principles of recycle, reduce, and reuse.

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Taking Care of our Community

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Abingdon Ruritans participated in a Recycling Challenge hosted by the The Trex Company. Participants collect and turn in 500 pounds of plastic bags and film in a six month period to the Trex Company and they are awarded an earth friendly bench. The bench was donated to Machicomoco State Park. Pictured below is ARC member Roger Dick presenting the bench to Chief Ranger Josh Mazzateenta.

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On Saturday, June 18, 14 members of the Abingdon Ruritan Club picked up trash at the public boat landing at Brown’s Bay and at Maundy’s Creek in support of Clean The Bay Day. The group collected over a ton of trash which was hauled away by Club Member, Jim Stevens of B&S Refuse.

Front row: Don Sciria, Lynn Onesty, Jhie Hale, Rose Taylor.
Second row: Mike Ekdahl, David Simmons, John Snyder.
Third row: Matthew Weatherwax, Allen Scales, Jim Stevens, David Kyle.

Lynn Onesty
Rick Taylor
John Snyder
Jhie Hale

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Abingdon Ruritan Members Clean Gloucester Roadways

This county-wide litter cleanup has become a community tradition with hundreds of volunteers removing litter from Gloucester County. The Abingdon Ruritan Club always participates in the Gloucester Clean Community day.

Pictured left to right back row: Bob Stifel, David Kyle, Allen Scales, Roger Dick, Jim Stevens, David Simmons. Front Row: Yvonne Scales, Lynn Onesty, Andrea Crawford, Mary Lou Shepherd, Betsy Tuttle.

Many club members joined together March 26, 22 to clean Guinea Road and Tidemill Road, while other members cleaned various other locations.

Allen Scales
Roger Dick

Abingdon Ruritan collected 49 bags of trash.

David Kyle

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PLASTIC COLLECTION FOR A BENCH

The Committee is currently partnering with the Public Service Committee on a Recycle Beyond the Bag Project. This project involves the collection of plastic recyclable items with a goal to collect enough recyclables to receive a free Trex bench to donate. The Ruritan Club has collected and delivered, as of the first of July, about 417 pounds. Remember our Goal is 500 pounds! WE CAN DO THIS!

LOOK FOR THESE COLLECTION BOXES UNDER THE STAIRS AT THE RURITAN KITCHEN DOOR

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SPRING CLEAN GLOUCESTER WEEKEND

Members of the ARC care for the environment by participating twice yearly in Clean Gloucester Days as well as regularly picking up roadside and shoreline trash. We plant sea grass to help maintain shorelines.

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Spring Clean Gloucester Weekend: March 27, 2021
Many ARC Members gathered at the Abingdon Ruritan Club Saturday morning to clean Gloucester roadways.
Clean Gloucester Day 2020

Environment committee chair Roger Dick, lead members to Maryus Landing for multiple cleanups.

We donned our Guinea Boots to pick up tons of trash in support of Clean the Bay Day.
Planting Marsh Grass to maintain shorelines.
We hold regular “Work Night” to keep our facilities and grounds in tip top shape