Each year, approximately 200 volunteers commit to a litter cleanup for 3 hours, collecting
3,000 to 6,000 pounds of debris from the community.
Keep Carbondale Beautiful’s
Annual Spring Cleanup & Recycling Day
Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 9am-12pm |
Meet @ Turley Park - East Main Street
Spring Cleanup & Recycling Day
As part of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup, the Spring Cleanup & Recycling Day is a community-wide litter cleanup. In 2018, the date of the cleanup is April 21. Call us for more info.
- usu. 3rd Saturday of April. 9am-12pm. Meet at Turley Park
- Wear closed-toe shoes.
- Please bring your own water bottle and re-fill from our water cooler.
- Pre-register, esp. groups, or just walk up. Get the form HERE
- Adopt-A-Spot groups may do their regular cleanup on this day.
- T-shirts & lunch provided, while supplies last.
- Prizes awarded. Check out the contest rules HERE
Pre-registration helps us get ready. Send us the info requested on the pre-registration form (basically name, cell phone, e-mail - click on "Contact Us" and do it). We'd especially like to know how many people will be in a group (best estimate).
The first step is check in! If you are part of a large group, just have a couple people walk up to the registration table. They can pick up the waiver form and get that filled out.
Next you'll get supplies - we'll use black garbage bags (instead of our usual orange), and clear (or white translucent) bags for recycling. Plus, there will be a number on the bags, to identify your group. So if you are aiming to win a prize for most trash collected, be sure to use the bags we give you.
(Note that pre-registering gets you more points for the contest. That deadline is April 18.)
Everyone will go through an orientation about what is recyclable vs. trash. Remember, clean stuff, not mud-covered.
PLEASE have everyone in your group review -- Go to http://www.keepcb.org/recycling-litter.html to test your knowledge.
... And if you come across discarded electronics (see list below), you need to keep that separate from the other trash and recyclables. Bring those back to Turley Park.
Then - You'll receive your assignment - the location in town for you to clean up.
You'll go to your assigned spot and pick up the litter and recyclables. Leave the trash and recyclables at the locations indicated on the map. If you leave them in another place, text location to 618 525 5525. The City truck will come and collect the bags. The bags will be returned to Turley Park to be weighed. (Prizes go to those who pick up the most trash-and-recyclables.) The group can keep collecting, or call and get assigned another spot, or come back to Turley and be re-assigned. Most groups work till 11 or so ... no later than 12. At 11 we fire up the grill and put on some of Arnold's Market's hot dogs. (The vegetarian alternative is PB&J sandwiches.)
ALL SIU STUDENTS If you'll want volunteer hours recognized by SIU, download SIU's individual volunteer form or the group volunteer form. Get that filled out and we'll sign it at the end of the cleanup.
Take note! City workers are prohibited from knowingly handling electronics. That's why you need to bring the following items back to Turley Park yourself. We'll make sure they get to Southern Recycling.
- Facsimile (Fax) Machines
- Computer Monitors
- Video Recorders (VCRs)
- Computer Towers
- Digital Video Disc (DVD) Players & Recorders
- Laptop Computers, Printers
- Keyboards and Electronic Mice
- Small Scale Servers Video Game Consoles
- Digital Converter Boxes
- Cable Receivers
- Satellite Receivers
- IPODs and MP3 players