New­ton County cleanup pro­gram needs vol­un­teers

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Keep Cov­ing­ton/new­ton Beau­ti­ful ( KCNB) needs vol­un­teers to clean up road­side lit­ter March 24 dur­ing the Great Amer­i­can Cleanup, the na­tion’s largest an­nual com­mu­nity im­prove­ment pro­gram. KCNB’S event will be at 9 a.m. at Longhorn Steak­house.

KCNB will pro­vide vol­un­teers with break­fast, T-shirts (while sup­plies last), garbage bags and safety vests.

Vol­un­teers for the Great Amer­i­can Cleanup can print out forms by go­ing to www.kcnb.biz and fax com­pleted forms to (770) 784-2082. Reg­is­tra­tion is re­quested by March 15 to re­serve T-shirts, but KCNB will take forms up to the event date. If vol­un­teers are un­avail­able to work on Satur­day, March 24, they may par­tic­i­pate on an­other date of their choice.

“The Great Amer­i­can Cleanup of­fers an op­por­tu­nity to bring aware­ness to the lit­ter prob­lem, while also work­ing to­ward a so­lu­tion. When peo­ple work to­gether to clean up our com­mu­nity, they build more pride in it” said Lau­rie Ri­ley, KCNB di­rec­tor. “This year, we are start­ing a monthly Front Door Lit­ter Chal­lenge, ask­ing peo­ple to com­mit to clean up all the lit­ter they can see when they look out of the front doors of their homes and busi­nesses.”

Vol­un­teers will start on the day of the Great Amer­i­can Cleanup, and ev­ery month on the 24th.

“If peo­ple take re­spon­si­bil­ity for lit­ter along the road­ways in front of their prop­erty, of­fi­cials hope road­side lit­ter will no longer be a prob­lem. While prop­erty own­ers do not cre­ate the lit­ter, re­mov­ing it is shown to be an ef­fec­tive strat­egy in pre­vent­ing more lit­ter,” Ri­ley said.

KCNB will pro­vide trash bags, gloves and vests upon re­quest for any­one who par­tic­i­pates in the Chal­lenge.

Lit­ter costs com­mu­ni­ties. Ac­cord­ing to re­search done through Keep Amer­ica Beau­ti­ful (KAB), lit­ter cleanup ef­forts cost the U.S. nearly $11.5 bil­lion each year. In ad­di­tion, KAB’S re­search in­di­cates that lit­ter af­fects com­mu­ni­ties’ qual­ity of life.

“The pres­ence of lit­ter in a com­mu­nity takes a toll on qual­ity of life, prop­erty val­ues and hous­ing prices. KAB’S 2009 Na­tional Vis­i­ble Lit­ter Sur­vey and Lit­ter Cost Study found that lit­ter in a com­mu­nity de­creases prop­erty val­ues by 7 per­cent,” ac­cord­ing to the re­search.

KCNB en­cour­ages in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, civic clubs, busi­nesses, churches, neigh­bor­hoods, schools and other groups to or­ga­nize vol­un­teers for projects at their in­di­vid­ual sites and along lo­cal road­ways. Sug­gested ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude lit­ter pickup, paint­ing and re­pair­ing houses and other build­ings, plant­ing flow­ers and trees, start­ing re­cy­cling pro­grams, and hold­ing lit­ter-free events.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit KCNB’S web­site: www.kcnb.biz, send email to new­ton­clean@ co.new­ton.ga.us, or call (770) 784-2015.

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