Victory, Waste Oil Recycles spark Brandywine clean up


Just some of the debris that volunteers removed from the Brandywine Creek Tuesday as part of Victory Brewing Company and Waste Oil Recyclers annual clean up event.

MODENA — Two local companies dedicated to maintaining Chester County’s clean air and water — Waste Oil Recyclers and Victory Brewing Company — a well as the Coatesville Youth Initiative teamed up this week to sponsor their annual cleanup event for the Brandywine Creek.

At least 24 volunteers pitched in to remove debris from the headwaters of the Brandywine, despite rainy conditions, Tuesday, and surprisingly cool weather for August.

Despite the poor conditions, the volunteers proved to be very successful, pulling a large amount of debris from the waterway — and they were able to pull just about every kind of item, yes, including the kitchen sink, from the Brandywine.

More than an estimated 60 tires, metal drums, hundreds of bottles and cans, a stroller, multiple carpets, three full-sized bikes, a kitchen sink, a trampoline, a bed frame, scooter, and roller skates were pulled from a roughly two-mile section of the creek.

As a little bit of a reward for their efforts, volunteers were fed a special lunch, cooked up onsite by Victory brewpub Chefs Glenn McQueen and Joe Pryor. The duo — despite the heavy rains — improvised and were able to show off their culinary talents and create a fabulous demo and lunch for the volunteers.


A few of the two dozen volunteers who braved downpours to help clean up the Brandywine Creek, Tuesday.

The supplies for the meal came Wyebrook Farm, which donated meat for hamburgers and cheeseburgers, as well as grilled veggies from produce grown in Waste Oil Recyclers’ MoGreena Community Garden. In addition, there was pasta salad with more veggies from the garden, and coleslaw made at Victory.

The garden is tended by volunteers from the Coatesville Youth Initiative and benefits the Chester County Foodbank.

Victory, with facilities in Downingtown, Parkeburg and a soon-to-open location in Kennett Square, continues to show its commitment to the environment, and a desire to give back to the local community and show its longstanding appreciation for clean water.

These core principles, company officials say, inspired Victory to start the Headwater’s Grant, donating one cent of every bottle of Headwaters Pale Ale sold to the protection of the delicate Brandywine Watershed.


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