Rethink Rock­mart cleanup com­ing later this month

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Sean Wil­liams swilliams1­[email protected]­hoo.com

Rethink Rock­mart is once again hop­ing to curb lit­ter with a neigh­bor­hood clean-up day, and lo­cals can ex­pect to see mem­bers and vol­un­teers alike pick­ing up trash and beau­ti­fy­ing var­i­ous ar­eas of the city on Satur­day, April 20.

Those in­ter­ested in help­ing can reg­is­ter at the city com­plex on Col­lege Street the morn­ing of the up­com­ing event.

Vol­un­teers do not have to be for­mal Rethink Rock­mart mem­bers, and any­one who wants to help is free to leave when­ever they may need to dur­ing the day. Trash bags, gloves, wa­ter, and other clean­ing sup­plies will be pro­vided.

Rethink’s pre­vi­ous cleanup days were con­sid­ered suc­cesses, with numer­ous bags of trash col­lected, over­grown brush be­ing trimmed, and the over­all morale of the city re­ceiv­ing a boost.

The group will be fo­cus­ing its ef­forts on gate­way streets such as Goodyear, Pied­mont, Elm, Jones, and Church, but lo­cals are in­vited to clean up wher­ever they feel fit.

“I know we’ve had trou­ble with set­ting dates in the past, so we’re just gonna throw it out there and what hap­pens, hap­pens,” Ross said. “Satur­day, April 20. We’ll start putting signs out Thurs­day evening. It was amazing how much work got done just putting those signs out.”

The group also plans to bring out dump­sters for city res­i­dents who may need to get rid of ex­cess trash be­fore it ends up on the ground. Those look­ing to throw items away must still com­ply with the typ­i­cal dump­ing rules, how­ever.

Rethink Rock­mart is a group con­cerned with restor­ing and main­tain­ing var­i­ous as­pects of the city whether it be aes­thet­ics, haz­ards, or rep­u­ta­tion. The group of­ten works on hous­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, re­use projects, and re­vi­tal­iza­tion ef­forts in the form of di­rectly tak­ing ac­tion and ed­u­cat­ing oth­ers.

Those in­ter­ested in join­ing the ef­forts of Rethink Rock­mart are urged to visit https://www.facebook.com/re­thinkrock­mart/.

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