Now that the weather is improving for most of the cities with a 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchise–and now that there are more hours of daylight–there are great community clean-up events happening this spring. There’s probably something going on in your city right now! Here’s some information to get you started: Find an event: The simplest thing to do is to Google “[your city] community cleanup” to see if there’s already something going on. Check out the host website and consider volunteering! Create an event: Can’t find something coming up locally? The type of cleanup depends on your city’s geography. Is there a beach nearby? A river or a creek? A field or a property where illegal dumping is taking place? A highway that seems to always be strewn with litter? What about a neighborhood whose fences could use a few new boards and a fresh coat of paint? Assemble a group and hit the streets. If you want to make it official, talk to the city, or talk to local environmental groups about putting an event together. Examples of events: We love to contribute our time and resources to environmental efforts and community cleanups. For example, in Savannah GA, our Franchise Partners volunteered their trucks and manpower to help the community clean up a graveyard that had been subjected to illegal dumping. In Calgary AB, our franchise has volunteered the last few years with the Calgary Pathway and River Cleanup, picking up debris and litter. For the last two years, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? in Charlotte NC has volunteered with the Chris Canty Foundation’s West End Community Cleanup for Change, an event that works to clean up and beautify the historic West End in Charlotte. These are only three examples of different cleanups you could get involved in, and they’re all very different! Whatever event you choose to join–or start–know that you’re giving back to the community in the best way possible! As the weather gets nicer, get outside–and consider making it a cleaner place while you’re at it! Sam Landa is PR Manager for 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environment & Sustainability and loves being in the great (clean) outdoors. In her spare time, she enjoys playing live music and writing. Connect with Sam on Google+ or LinkedIn.
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