Cleanup Columbia Prepares for Annual Event Tomorrow

7 years 1 week 3 days ago Friday, April 13 2012 Apr 13, 2012 Friday, April 13, 2012 1:11:00 PM CDT April 13, 2012 in News
By: Amy Couch

COLUMBIA - In Missouri alone, it costs $6 milllion to clean up litter throughout the state. In an effort to help reduce the cost, the City of Columbia is holding its annual Cleanup Columbia on April 14.

"It's good to have this event because a lot of young people volunteer, and it hopefully shows them responsibility in keeping our community cleaner in the future," said Volunteer Columbia Program Assistant Lisa Rohmiller.

Last year, around 1,500 people volunteered to pick up trash on the streets, highways, parks, and streams in Columbia. About 1,700 bags were picked up last year. This year about 1,900 have already signed up to volunteer tomorrow.

A new thing that Volunteer Columbia instituted is the use of biodegradable trash bags. These new bags are more eco-friendly and will decompose in landfills.

The group also plans to separate recyclables from the rest of the trash.

"We wanted to take it a step further and do something more green this time," said Rohmiller.

To help volunteer, you can still register by stopping by the supply distribution site at Rock Quarry Park tomorrow morning from 7:30 to 9am. For more information you can visit Cleanup Columbia's website here.

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