Since 2009, volunteers with the TIDE (Tamaqua Industrial Development Enterprises) Beautification Committee, as well as employees with about a dozen local businesses, have collected over 6,000 pounds of garbage in and around the Tidewood Industrial Park in Hometown.

During their first year, volunteers cleaned up about 2,200 pounds of trash and 53 tires. "Unfortunately, TIDE Park is often used as a dumping ground for trash, used tires and shopping bags from the Hometown Commons," said TIDE President Dr. Joe Urenovitch. "The committee develops and carries out projects to maintain the natural beauty of the park as well as beautify it further."

The TIDE Beautification Committee consists of one representative from each company in the park, to include: Highwood USA, Silberline Manufacturing Company, Gellner and Company, Veolia Water North America, Elk Lighting, Fox Transportation Company and Trans Western Polymers. It also includes representatives from Dave's Lawn Care, Wal-Mart and other individuals.

In addition to other past projects, such as arranging for more lighting, fixing potholes, adding plants and placing flower boxes, committee members this year have opted to place a wired fence around the southeast end of the Hometown Commons to prevent shopping bags and other debris from entering the park.

"We like taking pride to cleanup areas we see everyday," said Gail Deppen, plant manager, Veolia Water North America

Many of the volunteers stated that they do this because they work there and want to be proud of where they work.

"TIDE is very proud of this committee, because they work very effectively as a team and have accomplished a great deal," said Urenovitch.