Clean up New­ton

Keep Cov­ing­ton/ New­ton Beau­ti­ful kicks off March 28

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Keep Cov­ing­ton/New­ton Beau­ti­ful (KCNB) needs vol­un­teers to clean up road­side lit­ter dur­ing the Great Amer­i­can Cleanup, the na­tion’s largest an­nual com­mu­nity im­prove­ment pro­gram. KCNB’s kick­off event will be held at 9 a.m. Satur­day, March 28 at Longhorn Steak­house of Cov­ing­ton, rain or shine.

Mamie’s Kitchen Bis­cuits, Brown Bridge Road lo­ca­tion, is pro­vid­ing bis­cuits for vol­un­teers. Longhorn Steak­house will pro­vide bot­tled wa­ter, and KCNB will pro­vide T-shirts (for the first 750 reg­is­trants), gloves and garbage bags.

“The Great Amer­i­can Cleanup of­fers an op­por­tu­nity to bring greater aware­ness to the lit­ter prob­lem, while also stress­ing the need for pre­ven­tion and work­ing to­ward a so­lu­tion,” KCNB Direc­tor Lau­rie Ri­ley said. “KCNB is aware of the lit­ter in our com­mu­nity, and we know that a clean com­mu­nity is vi­tal to eco­nomic devel­op­ment.”

More than 1,300 vol­un­teers in New­ton County par­tic­i­pated in Great Amer­i­can Cleanup lit­ter cleanup and ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams last year and re­moved over 50,000 pounds of trash from along­side lo­cal road­ways.

“We’ve re­ceived many calls about the amount of trash on roads around the com­mu­nity. When we get re­quests for trash pickup, the lo­cal roads are added to a list for County in­mate work­ers to clean.” Ri­ley said. “Usu­ally, there are one or two in­mate worker crews pick­ing up trash on County roads. State roads are added to a list for the D.O.T., which over­sees a cou­ple of state in­mate crews that clean up along state high­ways in our re­gion. Due to bud­get cuts, lit­ter pickup is a lower pri­or­ity for the D.O.T., and state crews are not out as of­ten. All in­mates must meet cer­tain cri­te­ria to be able to work on the de­tails. Also, a guard has to go out with each de­tail. By law, th­ese work de­tails can’t go out if the weather is too cold or rainy. In the sum­mer, they can’t go out if it’s too hot. So, our largest re­source for trash pickup re­mains our lo­cal vol­un­teers.”

KCNB en­cour­ages in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, civic clubs, and busi­ness, church, neigh­bor­hood, school, and other groups to or­ga­nize vol­un­teers for projects at their in­di­vid­ual sites and along lo­cal roads. Sug­gested ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude lit­ter pickup, paint­ing and re­pair­ing houses and other build­ings, plant­ing flow­ers, start­ing re­cy­cling pro­grams, and hold­ing lit­ter-free events.

Groups can choose to clean up any­where they’d like, but KCNB has a list of sug­gested roads that re­ceive the most fre­quent cit­i­zen re­quests for lit­ter pickup. Th­ese in­clude Salem Road/High­way 162 and the 162 Con­nec­tor; High­ways 36, 81, 212, and 142; Brown Bridge Road; Hen­der­son Mill Road; and Cov­ing­ton By­pass Road.

KCNB vis­its schools, civic clubs, and other groups with lit­ter pre­ven­tion pro­grams. Their most popular pro­gram, the De­tec­tive Sey­more Green pup­pet show, is avail­able March through May. The or­ga­ni­za­tion’s goal is to in­spire pos­i­tive be­hav­ior change through ac­cep­tance of per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity for a clean and beau­ti­ful com­mu­nity. To sched­ule a pup­pet show per­for­mance or an­other en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram de­signed for your group, please email new­ton­clean@co.new­ton.ga.us.

Vol­un­teers for the Great Amer­i­can Cleanup can print out forms by go­ing to www. kcnb.biz. They can scan and email com­pleted forms to new­ton­clean@co.new­ton.ga.us or fax them to 770-784-2082.

Reg­is­tra­tion is re­quested by March 18 to re­serve t-shirts, which are of­fered free to the first 750 reg­is­trants. Reg­is­tra­tion forms will not be avail­able af­ter March 18, but walk-up par­tic­i­pants will be wel­come at Longhorn on March 28. Also, if vol­un­teers are un­avail­able to work on Satur­day, March 28, they may par­tic­i­pate on an­other date of their choice. If it rains on March 28, KCNB will still meet vol­un­teers to give them sup­plies and break­fast at Longhorn, but vol­un­teers can resched­ule their cleanup projects for other days when the weather is more suit­able.

Af­ter groups par­tic­i­pate in the Great Amer­i­can Cleanup, KCNB en­cour­ages them to “Adopt-a-Mile”. Groups that com­mit to clean up 4 times per year along one mile of road, street, or high­way get a sign--free ad­ver­tis­ing--erected rec­og­niz­ing their ef­forts.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit KCNB’s web­site: www.kcnb.biz, send email to new­ton­clean@co.new­ton.ga.us, or call 770-7842015.

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