Gazette opinion: Be part of Yellowstone County cleanup on April 27

2013-04-18T00:10:00Z Gazette opinion: Be part of Yellowstone County cleanup on April 27 The Billings Gazette
April 18, 2013 12:10 am

Yellowstone County folks soon will see green grass and spring flowers sprouting from last week’s snow melt. But we can already see unwelcome signs of spring: A winter’s accumulation of trash along streets, highways and sidewalks. Papers plastered against fences. Garbage in hedges.

It’s time for the Great American Cleanup. The countywide cleanup, sponsored by Bright n’Beautiful begins at 8:30 a.m. April 27 and runs all day. The big change this year is the cleanup headquarters location, which will be at the Billings Community Center, 360 N. 23rd St.

As always, Bright n’ Beautiful needs volunteers -- community members who are passionate about becoming an integral part of the nation’s largest grassroots community improvement program.

“With your help, we can better our neighborhoods and ensure that the greater Yellowstone County stays Bright and Beautiful,” said Helen Johnson, executive director.

Bright n’ Beautiful works year round to encourage businesses and individuals to take pride in our community.

This year’s cleanup will include group pictures at Billings Community Center. Muffins, coffee and hot chocolate, pop and water will be available for volunteers, along with T-shirts, litter bags, pick-up sticks, and gloves.

Volunteers are asked to bring all filled litter bags back to the Community Center.

The Great American Cleanup also recycles. Family Service Inc. will have a unit on site to collect good, used clothing and small kitchen utensils. Bright n’ Beautiful will provide collection containers for water bottles and aluminum cans for recycling.

In addition to the countywide cleanup day, three communities have scheduled separate cleanups:

- Custer will clean up on Thursday, April 25.

- Shepherd will clean up on Saturday, April 27.

- Laurel will clean up on Saturday, May 4.

To volunteer or for more information, call Helen Johnson at 248-6617. If your group wants to clean up a certain location or work on a day other than April 27, that’s great, too. Please call Johnson and let her know your plans so your work will be counted as part of the Great American Cleanup.

Youth groups and schools have long been part of the annual cleanup. Neighbors pick up litter in their local park. This effort requires hundreds of volunteers to pick up tons of trash. The job gets done because so many Yellowstone County volunteers do their part. Be part of the great spring cleanup.

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