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Volunteer your time in the spirit of the Great American Cleanup
Karen Bell
Keep Liberty Beautiful Executive Director Karen Bell. - photo by Denise Etheridge

I hope you are ready for Liberty Countywide spring cleanup which is part of the national Great American Cleanup effort.  Already we have had many of our Adopt Liberty groups join us in cleaning up our Liberty County. We will have all the cities in Liberty County next week join in one of the Largest Cleanups of the year! If you have not volunteered yet, I urge you to consider how you can make a positive difference for our community in a few hours on a Saturday morning.  

Litter is unpleasant to look at and it can cause serious health and safety issues too.  It also affects how prospective businesses and other visitors to our community view our county. We need volunteers like You to get involve in our volunteer cleanups this spring, because your presence can make a significant difference. Not only do these cleanups help to get up the actual trash left on the roads, it also reminds your neighbors, that most people don’t want litter on their road.  Cleanup volunteers actually are a teaching tool for those who drive by: It’s a reminder not to litter! 

If you would like to be involved in our Countywide Cleanup on Saturday, April 27th, now is the time to register! Sign up online at: Signupgenius.com and Search: klcb@libertycountyga.com. The locations for the cleanups are Allenhurst City Hall, Smokin’ Pig Restaurant Parking Lot, Flemington City Hall, GumBranch Fire Station, Bradwell Park (across from Hinesville City Hall), Liberty County Community Complex in Midway, Riceboro Creek Pavilion, Walthourville City Hall, and 820 Leroy Coffer Hwy, Midway. Check in time for each location is at 8:30 am.  

This year we want to honor each group that brings volunteers to participate, so register now. All pre-registered volunteers will receive official Great American Cleanup t-shirts and a picnic lunch after the cleanup. All cleanup supplies are provided by Keep Liberty Beautiful and the picnic is provided by each city participating in Great American Cleanup.  

While we are preparing for all the cleanups, here are some tips for stopping the litter that each of us can use daily:

1. Set an example by NOT littering. Carry a litter bag in your car and hang on to litter until you find a garbage receptacle.  

2. Pick up one piece of litter every day.  Particularly pick up litter around storm drain sewers. Anything going in these goes directly to our waterways.

3. Remind others--your family, your neighbors, your friends, your co-workers--the proper ways to dispose of litter. 

4. Make sure your trash cans have good-fitting lids so litter cannot fall or blow out.  If you transport garbage or recyclable items to area convenience centers for disposal, make sure that your bags and containers are secure in your vehicle. Over half of our local litter problem is caused by litter from unsecured loads. 

5. Ask your neighbors to join you in cleaning up one area in your community where litter accumulates.  ‘Adopting’ that area can help reduce the amount of litter because people do litter less in areas that are maintained and that appear to be ‘adopted’ by people that care. 

Plan now to make a difference where you live, work, and play by joining us on April 27, 2019, for Great American Cleanup in Liberty County. All organizations, churches, businesses, families, neighborhoods, and civic clubs are encouraged to participate and register now!  Be sure to sign up online at: Signupgenius.com and Search: klcb@libertycountyga.com. For more information about Keep Liberty Beautiful programs call (912) 880-4888 or email klcb@libertycountyga.com.  Sure, we pick up litter, and together we make a valuable statement about litter when everyone comes out and cleanup together!   

 

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