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Perdue associates and volunteers removed more than 1,000 pound of trash and debris from locations around Milford.
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Staff Report

More than 360 Perdue associates, their family members and friends helped beautify Delmarva waterways on April 6, 2013 by participating in Project Clean Stream, a companywide effort to help protect the environment in the communities where Perdue associates live and work. Volunteers spent the morning hours harvesting more than 27,000 pounds of trash and debris from 28 sites throughout the Chesapeake Bay and coastal bays watersheds on Delmarva. Their bounty included such items as bicycles, tires, toys, mattresses, bottles, televisions and much more.

“Our associates’ participation says a lot about the culture at Perdue,” said Jeff Smith, Director of environmental services at Perdue and Project Clean Stream coordinator. “They put a great deal of time and energy into their work and are still willing to come out on a Saturday morning and participate in a project that benefits their community and helps protect the environment.”

In Milford, Perdue associates focused their efforts at the downtown at Mispillion River Walk and Truitt Street Bridge, and at the DuPont Nature Center. They collected nearly 1,000 pounds of trash and debris.
“In observance of National Trail Days, the City of Milford and Parks and Recreation staff has embraced a partnership with Milford Perdue associates for the annual clean-up of the Mispillion River,” said Gary Emory, director of the Milford Parks and Recreation Department. “This event held for the past 10 years, coincides with the rite of passage of springtime and the annual Bug and Bud Festival held the last weekend of April.”

Project Clean Stream was launched in 2004 by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland as a grass-roots effort to clean up waterways and shorelines in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Perdue joined the volunteer project in 2008 with 30 volunteers. Perdue has supported the Alliance and Project Clean since 2008 through funding provided by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue. In 2011, Perdue expanded the Project Clean Stream concept across the company to encourage associates to organize similar clean-up efforts in their communities. Since 2008, associates have harvested more than 80 tons of trash and debris from local ponds, streams, roadways and parks.

“Project Clean Stream provides an exciting opportunity to engage associates in helping protect the environment in the communities where they live and work, while reinforcing our company’s commitment to being a good corporate citizen,” said Steve Schwalb, Vice President of Environmental Sustainability at Perdue. “The combined strength of our associates’ efforts has the potential to make a tremendous impact.”

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