Residents Work to Clean Up Columbia

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COLUMBIA - Local volunteers will walk along streets, trails, and streams Saturday to make the city a cleaner place. The 16th annual Cleanup Columbia is a citywide trash pickup event.  

More than 1,700 volunteers signed up to participate and it is still not too late to sign up. Last year the 1,465 volunteers helped clean up the city; they picked up 1,726 bags of trash and logged 2,642 hours of service.

The city will provide volunteers with trash bags, gloves, safety vests (where needed) and help you find a trash pick up location. Volunteers will pick up trash in the morning and the city asks participants to start no later than 10 a.m. Also, Columbia Public Works will pick up the filled bags.

Interested in helping make the city pretty? Then click here to register. Participants will not receive a response after completing the online registration.  The City of Columbia's Volunteer's Programs asks interested volunteers to stop by Rock Quarry Park, at 2002 Grindstone Parkway to identify a cleanup location and pick up supplies. Times to do so are Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Saturday from 7:30-9 a.m. 

Some instructions for the event include:

-Park vehicles in legal parking spaces off the roadside and not on shoulders. Do not obstruct traffic.

-Do not park in a business lot during their hours of operation without asking them first. 

-Remember that parking meters are enforced on Saturdays.

-Consider bringing a broom and dustpan when you clean, particularly if you are assigned to a park and will clean off a shelter or concrete pad.

-Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes. Remember there will be a lot walking and bending to pick up trash.

Along with lifting liter from the ground, groups will work to remove graffiti from public property in central Columbia. The city would like volunteers to report areas that are especially dirty.

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