'Clean Your Block Party', Great American Clean Up Launches
March 1, 2016
Nashville, Tenn. – Metro Public Works Beautification Commission, which builds and sustains a clean, green and a more beautiful Nashville, announced today the launch of the 2016 Great American Cleanup. Entering its 18th year, the Great American Cleanup is the country’s largest community improvement program that kicks off in more than 20,000 communities each spring. Metro Beautification & Environment Commission, in partnership with Keep America Beautiful and the Tennessee Department of Transportation, invite you to join us and your neighbors in the 2016 Great American Clean-up's “CLEAN YOUR BLOCK PARTY!” The Great American Cleanup runs from March 1 through May 31, 2016 each year.
“I appreciate the hard work that I know Nashvillians will be doing to make our city look its best during the Great American Cleanup.” said Mayor Megan Barry. “The beauty of Nashville shines brightest when we as a community work together to make it and keep it clean and litter-free.”
During 2015’s Great American Cleanup, over 400,000 pounds of litter and trash were collected during 150 organized clean-ups in Nashville. “The Great American Cleanup gives us the opportunity to make Nashville a cleaner and even more beautiful community block by block,” said Mark Macy. “We hope even more citizens, businesses, and neighborhood groups will join us and make this year’s Great American Clean Up the most successful ever.”
Keep America Beautiful has found that 18 percent of all littered items end up in streams and waterways as pollution. Litter is unsightly, it can encourage pest animals, the spread of germs and diseases, and it is costly to clean up. The Great American Clean Up is a great reminder to all of us, that we can each do our part toward having cleaner, greener, and more beautiful public spaces, and here are ways you can get involved:
- Volunteer to Help at One of the Cleanups Already Scheduled: Locations and contact information for each scheduled cleanup is listed at: http://www.nashville.gov/Public-Works/Neighborhood-Services/Neighborhood-Cleanups.aspx
- Organize a clean-up in your neighborhood:Register your event online and signup for free supplies(bags, gloves, safety vests, etc.). Metro Beautification will list your clean-up date, time, location and organizer's contact information on our Upcoming Neighborhood Clean-ups page to help you recruit volunteers. Once you have submitted your information, we will work with you to identify a place for all the trash and litter from your clean-up to be collected.
- Share Your Great Clean Up Work with Us: Take before and after pictures of your cleanups and share them on social media by tagging Metro Public Works (@nashvillepw or facebook.com/MetroNashvillePublicWorks).
- Other Ways You can Get Involved: In addition to organizing or volunteering for a clean-up, there are others ways you can help Nashville be cleaner and greener! Many metro government departments have programs and/or work with partner groups that contribute to the quality of life in Nashville:
- MTA Adopt a Stop Program
- Metro Water Service Adopt a Stream Program
- Metro Tool Share Program
- Metro Parks Friends, Groups, and Partners
About Metro Beautification & Environment Commission: The Metro Beautification and Environment Commission works to make Nashville clean, safe, and attractive. The commission coordinates the efforts of volunteers, city departments, business and community groups, and government agencies to provide environmental programs, beautification projects, as well as training and educational opportunities for the residents and visitors of Nashville and Davidson County. The Commission comprises representatives from the 35 council districts appointed by the mayor to serve three-year terms. A group of Friends of Beautification provides advice and volunteer support. A division of Metro Parks since 1975, it became part of Metro Public Works on July 1, 2005.
About Keep America Beautiful: At Keep America Beautiful, we want to ensure that beauty is our lasting signature. A leading national nonprofit, Keep America Beautiful inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. We envision a country where every community is a clean, green, and beautiful place to live. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful provides the expertise, programs and resources to help people end littering, improve recycling in America, and beautify America's communities. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 community-based Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals.