EVANSVILLE, IN – This month marks a milestone for Clean Evansville. On January 7, 2012, the first group of volunteers filled more than 250 bags with trash and picked-up a couple of couches, six tires and countless cigarette butts from streets and alleys throughout Downtown Evansville.
On Saturday, January 5, 2013, Clean Team volunteers will commemorate the one year anniversary of Mayor Lloyd Winnecke’s anti-litter initiative by picking-up litter in Ward 4 around the Tepe Park Neighborhood. Volunteers will gather at various starting points at 9 a.m., and they will meet at the Tepe Park Shelter House for a wrap-up at 11 a.m.
Mayor Winnecke said Clean Evansville has been well received by the community, based on the number of participants. More than 2,100 people have volunteered for the monthly clean-ups held at different locations across the city. Many of the volunteers have participated in more than one event, collecting nearly 20,000 pounds of litter and trash, including shopping carts, hubcaps and wooden pallets.
“I’d like to thank the citizens of Evansville and our corporate and community sponsors, including Keep Evansville Beautiful, Allied Waste and Rural King, for making Clean Evansville’s first year such a huge success. With your help we have collected over 10 tons of trash!” said Mayor Winnecke. “As we begin our second year our work is far from over. I hope to see more people involved as we continue working together to make Evansville a cleaner and better place to live.”
“Keep Evansville Beautiful applauds the hundreds of volunteers who join Mayor Winnecke every month to pick up litter,” said Keep Evansville Beautiful Executive Director Cheryl Musgrave. “The Clean Evansville Initiative is at the heart of our civic mission and we look forward to celebrating many more anniversaries working together to beautify our city.”
Clean Evansville is a community partnership between the City of Evansville and Keep Evansville Beautiful, with support from Allied Waste, Rural King and media partner 14News WFIE-TV. Rural King donates supplies such as gloves; Allied Waste hauls the trash to the landfill and Keep Evansville Beautiful coordinates volunteers and provides trash bags. Individuals interested in joining or forming a team should contact Mike McGarrah at 425-4461.