Residents urged to join city cleanup campaign

Residents urged to join city cleanup campaign
By DONNA RYDER
Associate Editor
Union City City Beautiful Commission is calling on all city residents to start clearing their homes and property of the junk and limbs which have piled up.
Commission members know that as the weather turns warmer, residents will start to clean out their storage sheds, garages, attics and closets and clear their property of fallen limbs. That’s why, at this time of year, the city sponsors its annual cleanup campaign.
The event will run May 25-June 1.
Items can be placed curbside for pick-up by the Union City Public Works Department or may be disposed of in special dumpsters placed at the former Reelfoot Packing Co., on East Jackson Street across from the former Hostess store, at the National Guard armory and at Save-A-Lot. Items placed curbside should be off the road and limbs should be separated from all other items. No paint cans or rubber tires should be dumped.
Residents are also being encouraged to mow their grass — remembering it is against city ordinance to allow the grass clippings to go into the streets where they can clog the storm drains and cause flooding.
City Beautiful reports its numbers each year to Keep America Beautiful for its Great American Cleanup campaign.
Last year, Tennessee volunteers donated more than 333,293 hours to clean, beautify and improve more than 1,022 communities. Over 8,324,757 pounds of litter was collected from 6,275 miles of Tennessee roads. Over 6.5 million pounds of recycling was collected as well.
Last year in Obion County, volunteers gathered 48,000 pounds of litter during KAB’s annual spring event.
Keep Tennessee Beautiful interim executive director Gordon Wilson said, “Tennessee residents have repeatedly displayed their ability to excel during the Great American Cleanup over the years. We are confident that our volunteers will shine once again this year in all 95 counties, helping us achieve more success during KAB’s signature event.”
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by email at dryder@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger  5.16.13

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