Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Editorials

April 20, 2009

Help wanted

Volunteers needed to clean up region

Area spring cleaning campaigns are in full swing across the region, and everyone can pitch in by cleaning up around their homes, yards and neighborhoods.

Project Clean Sweep 5 got underway Monday in Bluefield, and continues through Thursday, May 14. The annual campaign in Bluefield will once again include no-cost removal by city officials of items and materials normally requiring an additional fee for special trash pick-up.

In McDowell County, the first “Make McDowell Proud Day” will be held Saturday, and hundreds of volunteers have already signed up to participate in the all-day clean-up campaign that will culminate with a free barbecue and concert featuring the “Peasall Sisters” at the Welch National Guard Armory.

Additional spring cleaning campaigns also are being planned for other communities across the region, including the town of Bluefield, Va.

Volunteer participation will be key at all locations. In McDowell County, more than 360 people have already agreed to help out with the Make McDowell Proud Day campaign, and event organizers are hoping to have as many as 500 volunteers out and about Saturday helping to remove trash, litter and debris from communities, roads, streams and neighborhoods. The program aims to emulate a national clean-up campaign held annually in Australia.

Local officials have been dealing with a serious litter problem in McDowell County for years. The problem was further complicated by the fact that McDowell didn’t have a landfill for more than a decade. Thankfully, a new landfill is now operational, and a renewed sense of pride and ownership is helping to drive county residents to clean up their communities and neighborhoods.

We urge citizens across the region to start cleaning up the unsightly litter that is blighting our neighborhoods and communities.

Volunteer your time. Help with local clean-up campaigns in your community. If there isn’t a coordinated campaign planned in your area, it doesn’t mean you can’t clean up around your yard and neighborhood. Report those who litter or toss garbage in your community to proper authorities. Let them know their actions are unacceptable and illegal.

By working together, we can protect our environment, and beautify our region. We can make a difference.

Let’s all pitch in and clean up across Four Seasons Country.

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