August 27, 2008

Cleanup Preparations Under Way


For the third year, in an effort to increase community impact, Greensboro Beautiful is incorporating neighborhood cleanups with is annual Big Sweep Waterway Pickup from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 20 .

Big Sweep, Litter Sweep and Neighborhood Cleanup brings community volunteers and city staff together to clean up streets, waterways and neighborhoods throughout Greensboro.

"Studies show that if people see litter in the same place for a period of time, they are more likely to keep littering in that area," said Gerry Alfano , City Beautiful coordinator . "It's irritating and detracting and even dangerous."

Greensboro Beautiful has coordinated the Big Sweep Cleanup in Greensboro for 18 years . It began as a statewide waterway cleanup effort which started along the North Carolina coast and has since expanded to all 100 counties and their waterways. Big Sweep along the coast, as well as in High Point, will be held in October . Big Sweep statewide was initially held in September but was moved to October in an effort to avoid the majority of the hurricane season. Greensboro Beautiful decided to continue its participation in September because of scheduling conflicts.

Volunteers can find a stream, park, roadside, parking lot or an area in their neighborhood, near their school, office or church that needs cleaning.

Anyone can register to do a cleanup, including individuals, neighborhood associations, fraternities and sororities, Scout and church groups and other organizations.

"I've been so impressed in the past at how many young people participate in the cleanup," Alfano said.

The city of Greensboro will provide assistance and other services to neighborhoods, and for large cleanup efforts, the city will provide trash trucks for bulk trash, yard waste and scrap tires. For information about this service, call 373-City or send e-mail to leo.[email protected] .

Registration forms to participate are available on the Greensboro Beautiful Web site: . The deadline to register is Sept. 13 .

Registration is encouraged so that Greensboro Beautiful can track the number of volunteers and amount of litter collected.

Volunteers can select a site , or Greensboro Beautiful can suggest one, and they can pick up trash bags and gloves from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 19 at the City Beautiful office, 501 Yanceyville St. (across from the historic War Memorial Baseball Stadium). Trash can be dropped off at the stadium parking lot from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday , and volunteers will help unload and sort trash. Free pizza and drinks will be available during drop-off.

Alfano said participation in the project has grown each year, and she is looking forward to a successful cleanup this year.

"Litter harms the plants and wildlife, pollutes our waterways and makes them unsafe for recreational use and marine life," Alfano said. "Greensboro is such a beautiful community, but litter detracts from that."

Contact Jennifer Atkins Brown at 574-5582 or jennifer. [email protected]

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