Did You Know?
One quart of motor oil that is not disposed of properly can contaminate up to 2 million gallons of fresh water.
The United States accounts for 5% of the world’s population, but produces 40% of the world’s trash-- 1,600 pounds of trash per person per year.
Volunteers will wear protective gear and separate trash from recyclables as they work in teams to clean up city parks, streams, lakes, alleys, and other locations. “This is such a great program,” Suurs said. “We will not only beautify the cities, but divert some of that waste from the landfills. That is a part of the program that we are really proud of.” This will mark the sixth year of the program, but the first year in which all cities will host cleanups on the same day, which has helped bring awareness to the campaign, Suurs said.
Last year, 42,000 volunteers around the country worked 100,000 hours and collected 270,820 pounds of litter and debris. “We’re hoping to increase those numbers this year,” said Suurs. “We already have more cities participating and we’re expecting lots of volunteers.” Civic and church groups, community clubs, and individuals are expected to participate, Suurs said. If you would like to volunteer, you can register online through your city’s Web site or call 1-800-555-1234. The deadline for registration is April 11.