Volunteers needed to help Keep York County Beautiful

jzou@heraldonline.comApril 23, 2014 

— York County is seeking volunteers willing to roll up their sleeves and pitch in with countywide cleanup efforts through the end of May.

Keep York County Beautiful – a volunteer-based county commission aimed at reducing waste and litter on county land – is distributing cleanup kits to volunteers for its fourth annual “Great American Cleanup of York County.”

The program runs annually from March to the end of May. Last year, county organizers had more than 80 groups participate in the cleanup, recording close to 1,000 volunteer hours.

Kits include pairs of work gloves, vests and safety guides. Volunteers are asked to log their bags of collected waste to get a rough estimate of how many pounds of waste were taken off county property.

So far, Clean Community Coordinator Alysen Woodruff estimates staff have distributed more than 100 kits to various groups and individuals, including participating municipalities such as Clover, Fort Mill, Rock Hill and Tega Cay.

The city of York’s Parks and Recreation Department also is helping the commission distribute kits to local residents.

The “Great American Cleanup” is a national program of Keep America Beautiful, a nonprofit organization with more than 1,200 affiliate and participating agencies across the U.S., including York County. The county became a partner in 2010, Woodruff said.

Woodruff said the program isn’t just for “treehuggers,” but for those who care about gardening, beautification efforts and residents concerned about the way litter adversely impacts a community. She said this year’s cleanup is focused on a theme of “Not in my yard,” to build a “sense of pride” for residents throughout the county.

For information, call 803-628-3181 or visit www.yorkcountygov.com/recycle.

Jie Jenny Zou •  803-329-4062

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