Main Street to Get a Clean Sweep

Between April 14 and April 22, 2017, Bluegrass Greensource will organize more than a thousand volunteers across Central Kentucky for community-led litter pick ups in 20 communities throughout the Bluegrass. Bluegrass Greensource and organizing sites are accepting volunteers to help clear streets, streams, sidewalks, and parks of litter and debris.

Main Street Clean Sweep, sponsored by The City of Lawrenceburg, will take place in Lawrenceburg on Saturday, April 15 from 10:00 am – 2 pm. The Anderson County Junior Conservation Board has spearheaded efforts for this event, with support from the Anderson County Conservation District, as part of their ongoing work within the county. Volunteers should meet in front of The Animal Clinic (201 N Main St) and park at the Anderson County Middle School Parking Lot (1 Mustang Trail). Main Street Clean Sweep 2017 in all 20 communities is presented by PNC Bank, Stites & Harbison, Valvoline, and WEKU.

Last year, 1,007 volunteers in 22 communities filled 515 bags with litter and removed nearly four tons of waste. This year, clean-ups are scheduled between Friday, April 14 and Earth Day, Saturday April 22, 2017. Times and locations are specific and chosen by each community. Bluegrass Greensource provides volunteers an event t-shirt (as supplies last) bags, gloves, and litter grabbers. Individuals, families, clubs, organizations, and businesses are encouraged to volunteer, and may register at www.bggreensource.org/main-street-clean-sweep/.

“Bluegrass Greensource organizes Main Street Clean Sweep as a way to help Central Kentuckians feel empowered on Earth Day,” says Amy Sohner, Bluegrass Greensource Executive Director. “Since Earth Day falls on a Saturday this year, we anticipate even more participation than in years past.”

This year, clean-ups are planned in Burgin, Cynthiana, Frankfort, Georgetown, Harrodsburg, Irvine, Lancaster, Lawrenceburg, Lexington, Nicholasville, New Middletown, Paris, Ravenna, Richmond, Sadieville, Stamping Ground, Stanford, Versailles, Wilmore, and Winchester. Main Street Clean Sweep is held rain or shine. All litter and debris collected during Main Street Clean Sweep will be properly disposed of by the local Divisions of Waste Management.

Bluegrass Greensource is an environmental education nonprofit, serving 20 Central Kentucky counties since 2001. The mission of Bluegrass Greensource is to empower the Bluegrass to create a sustainable environment by focusing on how small changes collectively create large impacts. Bluegrass Greensource provides outreach to thousands of schools, community groups, businesses, local governments, and private citizens each year. For more information, visit www.BgGreensource.org.

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