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Lake County communities rally volunteers to participate in State Roadway Cleanup as part of the 2009 Great American Cleanup

Garfield Heights (March 11, 2009, 4:07 PM)It’s time for action!  Volunteers across America are teaming up to clean up and improve their public spaces, highways, parks, bike trails and waterways.  Keep Wickliffe Beautiful, Keep Mentor Beautiful, the Lake County Solid Waste Management District and the Ohio State University Extension, Lake County are reminding local communities that ‘green’ starts with Lake County!

“For each of our millions of volunteers nationwide, ‘green’ starts with his or her decision to help clean up any of the hundreds of sites across the country where volunteers work to better the community,” said Mathew McKenna, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful.  “We’re reminding our friends and our neighbors that ‘Green Starts Here,’ but the impact we have goes beyond our town borders.” 

During the 2008 Great American Cleanup, Ohio volunteers collected 5,433,234 pounds of trash, planted 9,418 new trees and collected 576,723 tires for recycling.  In the Wickliffe and Mentor communities alone, over 10,000 individuals participated in Keep America Beautiful events.

This year, the Great American Cleanup and State Roadway Cleanup, co-sponsored by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), will take place Saturday, March 28.  To volunteer to help with cleanup events, call Patricia Fowler, Keep Wickliffe Beautiful, at (440) 943-7100; Bonnie Rice, Keep Mentor Beautiful, at (440) 974-5780 or Jessica Mitchell, Ohio State University Extension, Lake County at (440) 350-2582.   

How can you help?
Volunteer to help with the State Roadway Cleanup.

When is the State Roadway Cleanup?
Saturday, March 28 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Who should I contact to volunteer?
In Wickliffe and Mentor, call Patricia Fowler, Keep Wickliffe Beautiful, at (440) 943-7100 or Bonnie Rice, Keep Mentor Beautiful, at (440) 974-5780.  All other communities may contact Jessica Mitchell, Ohio State University Extension, Lake County at (440) 350-2582. 

Wickliffe and Mentor’s Great American Cleanup activities are part of a larger national effort that is expected to involve 3 million volunteers in over 17,000 communities nationwide.   

America’s leading companies support the campaign.  The national sponsors of the 2009 Great American Cleanup are: American Honda Motor Co., Inc.; ARM & HAMMER®; Colgate-Palmolive Company; The Dow Chemical Company; GLAD® Trash Bags; Pepsi-Cola Company; The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company; Solo Cup Company; Troy-Bilt® Lawn and Garden Equipment; University of Phoenix; Waste Management, Inc.; Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co.; and Educational Partner: Rubber Manufacturers Association.


About Keep America Beautiful, Inc.

Keep America Beautiful, Inc., established in 1953, is the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. This national nonprofit forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments. Its signature program, the Great American Cleanup, is one of its many programs that encourage people to care for communities through volunteer participation.  To join the Great American Cleanup and let green start with you, visit www.kab.org.