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Hall County gets clean sweep
Litter sweep and recycling initiative held in April in Oakwood, Gainesville and Flowery Branch
Volunteers cleaned up Longwood Park in Gainesville and other locations this month as part of the Great American Cleanup. Visitors to Longwood on Sunday said they are angered when others don’t take the time to properly dispose of their trash.

The Great American Cleanup has swept through Hall County.

Keep Hall Beautiful sponsored the litter sweep and recycling initiative that was held throughout April in various locations in the county. Several tons of trash have been picked up so far, though exact numbers weren’t available Sunday.

The cleanup included locations in Gainesville, Oakwood and Flowery Branch, with five community cleanups total and a recycling event at Sterling on the Lake subdivision.

“It just goes to prove that small changes and small participation can have a huge impact here in our community,” Kelly Norman, executive director of Keep Hall Beautiful, told The Times before the month of cleaning up.

Residents at Longwood Park Sunday afternoon were thankful it was recently cleaned up.

Jamaica Ramsey, who brought her dog to Longwood Park, said littering shouldn’t happen because “it’s not that hard to walk to the trash can.”

She noted the wildlife at the park, including ducks, and said taking care of the park “helps them out too.”

Mario Perez, who was also at Longwood Park on Sunday, said he hates seeing people leave their beer bottles in the park.

The cleanup doesn’t officially end until April 30, so there are a few more days left to beautify Hall County.