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Monthlong, countywide cleanup begins Saturday
Spring cleaning taken to the great outdoors
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Numerouse plastic bottles, bags and a piece of aluminum lie alongside Stephens Road.

Great American Cleanup

Saturday, April 4

What: Gainesville Olive Garden Green Team cleaning up Gainesville roads

Volunteer registration full

Saturday, April 11

What: Stream and roadside cleanup

When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Meet at Oakwood City Park

Contact: 770-534-2365

Volunteers needed

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What: Stream and roadside cleanup

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Meet at Flowery Branch Depot

Contact: 770-530-9998

Volunteers needed

Saturday, April 18

What: Gainesville city cleanup

When: 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Meet at Longwood Park

Volunteer registration full

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What: Sterling on the Lake cleanup

When: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Contact: 770-965-3980

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What: Sterling on the Lake recycling event

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Contact: 770-965-3980

For more information, contact Keep Hall Beautiful at 770-531-1102 or info@keephallbeautiful.org.

It’s time to clean up our mess.

The Great American Cleanup will take place through the month of April in Hall County, beginning this Saturday.

Kelly Norman, executive director of Keep Hall Beautiful, said the event is a partnership between Keep Hall Beautiful and the cities of Oakwood, Flowery Branch and Gainesville.

“It’s an opportunity to gather volunteers all around the community in a short span of time to do a major cleanup in areas that are in need, as well as to spread awareness,” Norman said. “It’s a great opportunity to become familiar with what’s going on with litter and what we can do about it around Hall County.”

The event will take place on Saturdays in April, beginning this Saturday with a Gainesville cleanup thanks to the Gainesville Olive Garden Green Team.

The biggest need for volunteers is Saturday, April 11, when a stream and roadside cleanup will take place in Oakwood and in Flowery Branch. Volunteers are needed for both events, the first of which will meet at Oakwood City Park at 8 a.m. The second will meet at Flowery Branch Depot at 9 a.m.

“They’ll be doing the same — water and roadside cleanup,” Norman said.

Volunteers are encouraged to wear old clothes and sneakers.

Saturday, April 18, the city of Gainesville will hold a cleanup beginning at Longwood Park. Registration for this cleanup is full.

Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch will hold a cleanup and also will offer a recycling event on April 18, which will include electronics recycling, document destruction and other non-traditional recycling opportunities.

“The community comes together and holds a nontraditional recycle opportunity where everyone can recycling their nontraditional items — electronics, batteries and different things that people don’t know what to do with,” Norman said. “They will also be offering the opportunity to recycle televisions for a $10 fee, which is a great way dispose of televisions properly.”

Traditionally, the cleanup is a one-weekend event, but Norman said it has grown so tremendously that it will now take place during the entire month. She said volunteers typically pick up “tens of thousands of pounds,” and she is grateful to the community for its participation each year.

“I would certainly ask people to participate and become involved because it is an issue that we all benefit from,” she said. “It’s something where we’re impacting the beauty as well as the quality of our lives here in Hall County. It just goes to prove that small changes and small participation can have a huge impact here in our community.”

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