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Hall County stays beautiful with Great American Cleanup

POSTED: April 9, 2014 12:16 a.m.

Volunteers will hit several areas of Hall County on Saturday as part of the Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest community improvement program.

“Locally, we’ve been doing this for years and what’s great about this year is that we have been able to double the amount of sites we have participating in the event,” said Kelly Norman, executive director for Keep Hall Beautiful, local affiliate of the program.

“So we’ve gone from three cleanup sites to six cleanup sites in one year. That’s really monumental,” she said.

Volunteers will gather at the location of their choice, where they will be given a cleaning assignment. Organizers for each location have predetermined areas that need the most attention, including roadsides, creeks and streams.

One area in particular, a portion of Atlanta Highway and Flat Creek, is the target of a major cleanup initiative by the Hispanic community.

“There was a juncture where Atlanta Highway and Flat Creek met that had a (very) high concentration of litter in the creek, on the riverbanks, on the roadsides,” Norman said. “And we’re working with the local community, businesses, churches, and schools to come together and really make some strides in beautifying the area.”

Norman said people often discard large items like televisions because properly disposing of them may cost money.

“We’re trying to be proactive in regards to getting people to step up and properly dispose of their materials,” she said. “We’re working on getting proper bins and providing proper outlets for disposal. It’s a collective effort.”

In addition to Atlanta Highway and Flat Creek, other volunteer meeting sites include Oakwood City Park, Flowery Branch Train Depot, Fair Street Neighborhood Center, Lula Railroad Depot and Braselton Community Room.

Recycling collections will also be taken at Oakwood City Hall and the Sterling on the Lake subdivision.

Norman said electronics recycling and document destruction services will also be offered. Several nonprofit and civic organizations will also help collect household items that can serve their initiatives in the community.

“Everyone has been so enthusiastic and involved with these efforts, with all of the cities, Hall County, organizations — it’s been awe-inspiring to see so many people step up to the plate this year,” she said.

For more information on cleanup sites and acceptable recyclables, contact Keep Hall Beautiful at 770-531-1102 or info@keephallbeautiful.org.


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