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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Glass Factory Community Clean Up Removes 18 tons of Garbage from Los Padres National Forest

Glass Factory Restored to Pristine Condition Thanks to the Efforts of Community Volunteers

SANTA BARBARA, CA., June 28, 2016 — On Saturday, June 25th, local community organizers, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, removed approximately eighteen tons of trash from the Arroyo Burro shooting area, known locally as “The Glass Factory”. Located off of East Camino Cielo Road, the Glass Factory is approximately six miles from Highway 154 above Santa Barbara.

Twenty dedicated volunteers toiled from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM in the 96-degree heat with wind gusts up to 40 mph to clean the area. A full photo gallery of the event is available on the Glass Factory’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/The-Glass-Factory-163147933741468/?fref=ts In the months leading up to the annual event, the group raised $1,500.00 with a Go Fund Me campaign to pay for landfill fees to dispose of the trash collected and for restrooms for the cleanup volunteers https://www.gofundme.com/2qy8dgng

The event organizers provided drinks and lunch for the cleanup volunteers, and at the end of the afternoon, a prize drawing with approximately $1,500.00 in donated prizes were distributed to all of the volunteers who participated. MarBorg Industries provided trash dumpsters and bathrooms for the clean up, while the Painted Cave Fire Department assisted the clean up efforts with their tractor and a skilled driver. The clean up volunteers took special care to not disturb or remove any topsoil from the area, meticulously loading the trash into the tractor’s bucket with hand tools. The Arroyo Burro shooting area was officially closed for fire season on June 10th so no shooting after the clean up was allowed.

“We are so incredibly proud of the hard work in cleaning up the Glass Factory provided by our dedicated volunteers” noted organizer, Joe Martin. “Our hope is that by leading events such as these and involving more of the community in keeping the area clean, it will result in fewer people polluting the area and a safer environment for everyone to enjoy.” The Glass Factory has been restored to pristine condition, once again thanks to the efforts of the community to keep it clean.

Print resolution images of the 2016 clean up can be downloaded here https://db.tt/wuSgx59P

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