12:36pm

Mon March 12, 2012
Environmental Watchdog

Clean Up Week Across Kentucky is Coming

There will be a different atmosphere surrounding the 14th annual Commonwealth Cleanup Week when it begins this Saturday.  The roadside clean-up recruits volunteers, who fill trash bags and remove old tires.  Ricki Gardenhire with the Energy and Environment Cabinet says many volunteers will be motivated by the March 2nd tornadoes.

“Absolutely, we think people will get together and clean up their communities.. because there is a terrific need this year,” said Gardenhire.

Besides storm debris, Ricki Gardenhire with the Energy and Environment Cabinet says they’ll also clean illegal dumps.

“It continues to be a problem, but the problem is getting better, but we still need to concentrate on waste tires and getting them.. properly disposed of..because there is a market for recycling tires,” added Gardenhire.

Last year, Gardenhire says they removed over 34-hundred waste tires, with many of them shredded into rubber for use on playgrounds and ball fields.  Last year some 34 thousand Kentuckians participated in the Cleanup Week and picked up almost 37 thousand bags of trash.