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Volunteers of all ages can help at KIB cleanups

The Great American Cleanup (GAC), sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, is the nation’s largest community improvement program.  From March 1 through May 31, millions of volunteers are engaged in service activities which create a positive impact and lasting change in their local communities.  Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) is one of many organizations who participate each year by hosting a spring cleanup known as the “Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off.”  As the name would suggest, this is supported by the Texas Department of Transportation and Keep Texas Beautiful, and is known as the state’s signature event of the GAC.  While volunteers are acting locally, they are part of a much bigger picture state and nation-wide, and the results have been impressive.

 

In 2014, KIB’s Trash-Off was held at Trinity View Park on April 5, where 240 volunteers gave 720 hours of service and collected 4,500 pounds of trash and 370 pounds of recyclables.  Statewide, 2,735 Trash-Off events were held on or near that same date, with over 100,000 volunteers cleaning 8,839 miles of road while collecting over 6.7 million pounds of trash.  On a national level during the three-month GAC reporting period, 2 million volunteers gave 7.9 million hours of time in collecting 37 million pounds of trash.  They also planted 41,000 trees, cleaned 108,000 parks and public lands and recycled 71 million plastic bottles.

 

This year, KIB will once again be hosting the Trash-Off at Trinity View Park on April 11, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, and invites the community to participate.  “We encourage volunteers of all ages to join us for the Trash-Off,” said KIB Board Member Rachel Moon.  “It is so rewarding to help make your own community cleaner and more beautiful, and it is also nice to know that you are joining with millions of others across Texas and the United States in the common goal of taking care of our environment.”

 

 

Please visit www.keepirvingbeautiful.org to view a calendar of upcoming events, and to register for the Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off.  For additional information, please call the KIB office at 972-721-2175.

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