Take Pride in SML announces plan to help offset dumpster costs

Organizers of Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake, a community-wide lake cleanup effort that will run throughout the summer season, have announced a new program that allows large groups, on-the-water groups and businesses to apply for reimbursement of up to $400 for costs incurred for dumpster and landfill fees.

“This plan was developed in response to feedback from organizations that still want to choose a designated day for their group cleanup event and really need a dumpster for the large amount of debris they expect to collect,” said Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce.

BW marina cleanup crew

“Transitioning from a one-day event to a season-wide effort has come with some hurdles, but we’re excited to offer this reimbursement solution to groups that qualify,” she added. “Our goal is to help as many people as possible to participate in this awesome tradition, especially in the lake’s 50th anniversary year.”

Gardner said businesses and organizations must fill out an official consideration form prior to their event (and no later than June 30) and that requests will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional criteria must be met, as well.

Download the official guidelines and the reimbursement application.

Registration is now open!

Individuals, families, neighbors, subdivisions, organizations and vacationers who wish to participate in TPISML may choose any day between May 7 and Sept. 5 to clean up the lake, shoreline or both.large boat cleanup crew

Download the signup form here!

Trash bags and gloves will be provided along with a trash collection report form. Each participant (up to 25 in a group) will receive a commemorative T-shirt (while supplies last) following their cleanup event.

“Changing from one specific day to any day between May 7 and Sept. 5 allows people and groups the flexibility to choose a day that works best for them, piggyback on an existing event or participate more than once,” Gardner said.

Why not sign up now?

To participate in Take Pride in SML, download a signup form or stop by the TLAC office located on the upper level of The Plaza, 400 Scruggs Road, Suite 200, Moneta.

Registration forms should be completed and returned to TLAC no later than June 30.  The trash collection report should be completed and returned to TLAC within two weeks following the event.

All forms are available on our Downloads page.

Share the SML love on Facebook and Twitter | #TakePrideSML

We want to see your SML cleanup efforts! Please post photos on Facebook and Twitter and share to our accounts.

Facebook: Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake

Twitter: @TakePrideSML

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #TakePrideSML!

Have photos to share now? We’d love to see them! Please email them to takepridesml@gmail.com

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