‘Keep Knoxville Beautiful’ organizing public cleanups for spring

KNOXVILLE (WATE)- March 20th, also known as the first day of spring, is coming quickly to East Tennessee and the cleanup organization ‘Keep Knoxville Beautiful’ is getting ready.

The organization says everything from plastic bottles to dirty diapers can be seen at sites like the Sam Duff Memorial Park off Chapman highway.

“Litter actually takes a significant toll on a community,” said Patience Melnik with Keep Knoxville Beautiful.

“Everything from reducing real estate prices all the way down to just the pride of the community.”

To combat this litter problem, Keep Knoxville Beautiful organizes litter pickups, stream cleanups, recycling education and other beautification projects.

Melnik says the biggest way to help clean the city is organizing a cleanup of your own.

“Groups that have clean ups can contact us to borrow supplies,” said Melnik. “We’ll give out gloves, pickers which are a real back saver, vests to make sure people are safe and then garbage bags.”

The organization’s next scheduled public cleanup is scheduled for March 25th at the Sam Duff Memorial Park off of Chapman highway.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to noon with lunch afterwards.

To organize your own clean-up effort or participate with ‘Keep Knoxville Beautiful’ you can register here.

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