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'Clean Your Block Party', Great American Clean Up Launches

3/1/2016

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
  • Organize a clean-up in your neighborhood
  • 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:
    1. MTA Adopt a Stop Program
    2. Metro Water Service Adopt a Stream Program
    3. Metro Tool Share Program
    4. Metro Parks Friends, Groups, and Partners