Division of Waste Management
Commonwealth Cleanup Week reaches 10th year

Press Release Date:  Monday, March 03, 2008  
Contact Information:  Leslie King, 502-564-6716  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 3, 2008) - The 10th annual Commonwealth Cleanup Week will be March 23-29. This is a week-long event coordinated by the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management.

In 2007, more than 8,350 people participated and picked up 13,343 bags of trash along 1,882 miles of roadway. There were 44 dumps cleaned up. The volunteers collected and properly disposed of 458 appliances and 30,360 tires.

This year, cleanups are again planned around the state. Nonprofit groups that register with their county solid waste coordinator and complete a Commonwealth Cleanup Week cleanup are eligible to win one of three $500 cash prizes in a random drawing. More information is available by going online to http://www.waste.ky.gov or contacting a solid waste coordinator. A list of coordinators is online at  http://www.waste.ky.gov/branches/rla/County+Solid+Waste+Coordinators.htm

Another activity is a student art contest. Winners will be announced in late March. Waste reduction – cutting down on the amount of trash that goes in the garbage and on to the landfill – was the contest focus. Students were asked to create a 21st century version of the 1940s war-time conservation poster “Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do (or Go Without).”

Commonwealth Cleanup Week will be held in partnership with the Transportation Cabinet’s Adopt-a-Highway Program cleanup, March 25-31, and Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup, spanning from March-May.

Commonwealth Cleanup Week was created in 1998 when the Kentucky General Assembly designated the fourth week in March as an opportunity for Kentuckians to participate in "activities that highlight the natural beauty of their communities."

-- 30 --