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November 4-8 is Litter Free Nashville Week

11/4/2013

The Littering is Wrong Too Campaign wraps up with a Public Awareness Push

NASHVILLE, Tenn– Mayor Karl Dean and the Metro Public Works Department along with Lightning 100 (100.1 WRLT) launched Litter Free Nashville week today. Litter Free Nashville week provides an opportunity to broadcast the message littering is just plain wrong.

During Litter Free Nashville Week, citizens and visitors are encouraged to help keep Music City clean, whether it be by taking 60 seconds to clean up around them, or by going the extra mile to organize or participate in a neighborhood cleanup.

Mayor Karl Dean issued a proclamation in support of Litter Free Nashville Week. It read, “Whereas, the Metro Public Works Department annually collects about 907 tons of litter from streets and public rights of way; Whereas, a clean environment will continue to allow our communities and businesses to thrive; November 4-8 is Litter Free Nashville Week and provides an opportunity to celebrate our diverse community’s common goal to keep Nashville beautiful.” Read the full Litter Free Nashville Week proclamation.

This week-long push serves as the grand finale for the Littering is Wrong Too Campaign, a nine-month-long Keep America Beautiful initiative to raise awareness among 18-34-year olds on the harmful effects of littering.

Lightning 100, an early partner of the Campaign, will host social media contests throughout the week, asking followers to re-tweet facts and compose original anti-littering haikus to compete for prizes. Follow Lightning 100 on Twitter and Facebook for a chance to win. Lightning 100 will also feature the winning jingle from the Littering is Wrong Too Jingle Contest throughout the month of November. Local band Fletcher, Bell and Ward (Caleb Fletcher, Brandon Bell and Sam Ward) took the top honor on Oct. 24 at Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar,where they competed for a $1,500 prize from Waste Management.

For information about organizing or participating in a clean-up event or to secure donated supplies for your effort, contact Public Works at (615) 862-8418 or visit our Neighborhood Cleanups page.

About the Littering is Wrong Too Campaign

The Littering is Wrong Too Campaign was funded through a grant to Metro Beautification and Environment Commission from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). Campaign partners include Keep America Beautiful and the soft drink and malt beverage industries of Tennessee. The campaign will remain live through the end of this week on Facebook, on Twitter and at www.LitterFreeNashville.org.

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