FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Volunteers registered for Springfield’s fall edition of Clean Green Springfield will be able to pick up their packets 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1. The drive-through event located at the City’s Environmental Resource Center (290 E. Central Street) will equip participants with T-shirts, volunteer information and litter cleanup supplies.
Thanks to the help of more than 1,000 volunteers who made the spring 2021 launch of Clean Green Springfield a success (picking up more than 19 tons of litter alone), the City and project partners are hosting a second round of litter cleanup and greenup opportunities this fall. Individuals, families, civic and faith groups and employer teams are encouraged to participate in one or more of numerous cleanup and beautification opportunities offered in October -November.
“In the spring, we learned that packet pickup events provided a valuable touch-base opportunity for participants to ask questions and get the resources they need to help out,” explains Director of Public Information and Civic Engagement Cora Scott. “We also received a lot of useful feedback directly from the community during these events that helps as we plan future opportunities.”
A total of 1,031 bags of litter was picked up and more than 200 tons of trash and bulky items collected through Clean Green’s spring volunteer initiative, helping reduce a noticeable eye-sore in our community, improve water quality in our urban waterways and protect the environment.
Registration is now open. Visit cleangreensgf.com to learn more and register.
Upcoming cleanup opportunities include:
Doling Park Point of Pride Cleanup Event
9 a.m. – noon | Saturday, Oct. 2
The Doling Branch that runs through Springfield’s historic Doling Park is a new stream segment added to the City’s Adopt-A-Stream program in 2021. This section has yet to be adopted and needs some love. Parking is available at Doling Park (301 E. Talmage Street) in their northeast parking lot near the tennis courts.
Kingsley Street and Cox Avenue Beautification Event
8 a.m. – noon | Saturday, Oct. 2
Green thumb encouraged! Volunteers are needed to help install plants and spread mulch in the medians located along Kingsley Street. Parking is available in the Fieldhouse parking lot at 2235 W. Kingsley Street.
Seven of the City’s registered neighborhoods plan to host neighborhood cleanups scheduled in October through early November. Volunteers will have the opportunity to sign up for three shifts – Morning (roughly 7-11), Lunchtime (roughly 11-2), Afternoon (roughly 2-7). Volunteers can choose to register as part of the “Cleanup Support Crew,” to help neighbors unload items at the cleanup site, or the “Litter Team,” and participate in road and alleyway cleanups throughout the neighborhoods.
Greater Parkcrest Neighborhood Cleanup
7 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Tuesday, Oct. 5 at One Life Church (3245 S. Kansas)
Meador Park Neighborhood
6 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Thursday, Oct. 7 at Meador Park (2500 S. Fremont)
Landfill Voucher Opportunity
The City has allocated $10,000 to provide 500 vouchers to cover tipping fees at the landfill (a $20 value). This voucher is available to Springfield residents and will cover the disposal of up to 1,240 pounds of waste per citizen, which generally accounts for a pickup truck or trailer-load of household bulky items. Citizens may be required to cover the difference if disposing of extremely heavy items like shingles or dense furniture. Register to receive a tipping fee voucher at cleangreensgf.com.
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For more information, contact Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement at 417-380-3352 or [email protected] or Communication Coordinator Kristen Milam at [email protected] or 573-819-3713.