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TALLAHASSEE - The U.S. Forest Service partnered with volunteer organizations, county and city agencies to sponsor the ninth annual Super Clean Sweep on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011.
Super Clean Sweep is a community-wide event associated with the Keep Tallahassee Leon County Beautiful program. The event attracted 103 volunteers who participated in cleanup efforts throughout Leon County, Fla., which includes parts of the Apalachicola National Forest.
According to community volunteer Sharon Gray, several organizations have signed on to help sponsor the event over the years. Businesses such as Super Lube stepped up to the plate as well as Southern Trail Riders and the Tallahassee Off Road Club which have consistently supported the cleanup effort. In addition, Forest Deputy Clay Humphries, of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office has been a great resource to the event organizers.
“Bennett Basden was my Forest Service contact last year, and again this year. He does a good job of getting the word out about the event and encouraging Forest Service staff to participate. Seeing my neighbors, community volunteers, the user groups and the Forest Service staff working side by side in the cleanup is very rewarding,” said Gray.
The volunteers bagged trash, in addition to collecting everything from mattresses to electronics. Leon County Solid Waste Division, another sponsor of the event, hauled away close to 24,000 pounds of debris.
“We try to have ‘hot spots’ identified in advance,” Gray said. “We want to have as much impact as we can.”
According to U.S. Forest Service Heritage Program Manager Rhonda Kimbrough, “It was heart-warming to see the variety of volunteer participants with ages ranging from toddlers to seniors. It was also nice to know that other people feel as we do, that the forest should be respected.”
In support of the 16th Annual Super-Clean Sweep, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Easy As One initiative will team up with Keep Tallahassee-Leon County Beautiful and community volunteers at Tallahassee’s Lake Ella on Saturday, February 26, 2011.
Volunteer cleanup activities will include planting trees, flowers and shrubs, painting over graffiti and picking up litter. DEP staff will be present to highlight the importance and simplicity of environmental stewardship in everyday life through proper disposal of compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), prescription medications and proper battery recycling, along with other sustainable habits.
Citizens are encouraged to stop by and drop off working or nonworking cell phones and retail plastic bags to DEP Easy As One staff for proper recycling. Those who do so will be given a free Florida State Parks day pass.
To lend a hand with Tallahassee’s Super Clean Sweep, visit www.ktlcb.com. For more information on DEP’s Easy As One initiative, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/EasyAsOne.
The event will take place:
Saturday, February 26, 2011
7:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Lake Ella Park
North Monroe Street