Volunteers made a difference once again in the cleanliness and beauty of the community by participating in a variety of cleanup and green up opportunities available during the fall round of Clean Green Springfield.
A total of 454 “Clean Greeners” registered to take part in one-time roadway or stream cleanups, beautification events, Point of Pride cleanups and Neighborhood Cleanup events hosted in October and November. With a number of events impacted by rain, an estimated 300 participants followed through with volunteering, providing 600 hours of service or more to the community.
Throughout the fall initiative, more than 500 bags of litter were collected from Springfield roadways, streams and neighborhoods, totaling approximately 3.84 tons.
Clean Green volunteers also registered to help support neighborhood cleanups, resulting in more than 67 tons of trash and bulky items removed from neighborhoods and kept from illegal dump sites.
“Combining the spring and fall Clean Green initiatives together, we are thrilled to report a total of 23 tons of litter cleaned up from our fair city,” says Director of Public Information and Civic Engagement Cora Scott. “Two hundred tons of trash and bulky items were disposed of or recycled through Clean Green, and 1,300 volunteers contributed more than 2,400 service hours to the community. We are overwhelmed by citizens’ response and look forward to planning future opportunities to cleanup and green up in 2022.”
Landfill voucher opportunity continues through spring
As part of Clean Green’s fall offerings, the City allocated $10,000 to provide 500 vouchers to cover tipping fees at the landfill (a $20 value). Nearly 400 of these vouchers are still available and the offer has been extended through June 20, 2022, while supplies last.
Landfill vouchers 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.
“The goal is to provide an opportunity for residents to be able to dispose of trash and bulky items at no cost,” explains Superintendent of Solid Waste Erick Roberts. “Many residents don’t realize how close Springfield’s Noble Hill Sanitary Landfill is to town and how convenient it can be for everyday residents to use it to help clean up their properties and neighborhoods.”
Visit cleangreensgf.com/landfill to learn more details and limitations of this offer and to register to receive a digital voucher.