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Local communities rally volunteers as part of the 2010 Great American Cleanup
Be ‘Green’ this Saint Patrick’s Day

Garfield Heights (Wednesday, March 17, 2010)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 Lakewood Beautiful, 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 you!

"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 2009 Great American Cleanup, volunteers across America collected 64 million pounds of trash, planted 157,000 new trees, 2.3 million flowers and bulbs and collected 870,000 tires. Recycled were 6.9 million pounds of electronics, 243 million plastic bottles, and 36 million pounds of newspaper. 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 27.

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

When is the State Roadway Cleanup?
Saturday, March 27, 2010 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
The City of Lakewood will hold clean-up events on April 24, 2010 from 9 a.m. to noon

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 Lake County communities may contact the Ohio State University Extension, Lake County, at (440) 350-2582. In Cuyahoga County, please contact the City of Lakewood, Keep Lakewood Beautiful, at (216) 529-6602.

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 2010 Great American Cleanup are: The Dow Chemical Company; GLAD® Trash Bags; Nestle Pure Life Purified Water; o.b Tampons, Pepsi-Cola Company; The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company; Solo Cup Company; Troy-Bilt® Lawn and Garden Equipment; Waste Management, Inc.; Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co.; and Educational Partner: Rubber Manufacturers Association.

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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.

For more information contact:
The ODOT District 12 Communications Office at (216) 584-2006 or email
D12.PublicInformation@dot.state.oh.us