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Spring time is cleanup time
March 22, 2012 Jerry Purvis   

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Last year, Geil kindergartners put on bunny ears and celebrated Earth Day by picking up trash at their playground. The children spent a week learning about recycling and other environmental issues.

“It’s time for a bath!” as the area gets ready to celebrate the Great American Cleanup.
Kathy Kroupuenske, executive director of Keep Scottsbluff-Gering Beautiful, spoke recently at the Gering Business Club about the event which runs April through May. And Mayors Randy Meininger of Scottsbluff, Kent Greenwalt of Terrytown, and Gering City Council President Larry Gibbs were also on hand to sign a proclamation.
During the presentation, Becky Zwickl, co-owner of The Spa by TLC, made a surprise announcement she would support the Great American Cleanup by starting a donation drive. She also encouraged other business people to join her. “For a one dollar donation, we’ll put your name on a certificate and hang it on the wall,” she said. “I’d like to see other businesses do the same. All the proceeds go to support Keep Scottsbluff-Gering Beautiful.”
Zwickl also said that customers who spend $30 or more at The Spa during April receive $3 off their purchase. The Spa will match that donation.
Some of the events planned during the Great American Cleanup include free use of the landfill during the week of April 14 –21. It’s open to Gering, Scottsbluff and Mitchell residents. A current utility bill and an ID will be needed for access.
Scotts Bluff National Monument has scheduled its spring cleanup for April 20. And on the 21st, Environmental Services at 609 2nd St. in Scottsbluff will collect used monitors and other electronics from 8 a.m. – noon. A small fee will be charged to cover the cost of disposal.
On April 21, an Earth Day celebration is scheduled at the Panhandle Coop Plaza from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. They will be collecting disposable items such as plastic bags, household and auto batteries, tires, trees, shredded paper, used motor oil and antifreeze.
Nebraska celebrates Arbor Day on April 27, and residents are encouraged to plant a tree for tomorrow. A tree planting workshop is scheduled at the Riverside Discovery Center at 9 a.m.
The next day, April 28, Terrytown will have its cleanup day from 8 a.m. to noon at Waste Connections.
On May 5, residents are encouraged to take advantage of the Pharmaceutical Take Back Day to dispose of old and outdated prescription drugs. “Above all else, don’t dump them down the drain,” Kroupuenske said. “They just go into the river.”
Outdated drugs can be dropped off from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the east parking lot of Plaza Foods, Avenue B and South Beltline in Scottsbluff.
“The amount of waste Americans produce increases by 11 percent every five years,” Kroupuenske said. “In 2010, Nebraskans disposed of 2,167,214 tons of material in landfills. That includes 75 percent of used electronics.”
She added people need to think of the long-term consequences and do all they can to keep as muvh material as possible out of our landfills.
For more information on the Great American Cleanup and Keep Scottsbluff-Gering Beautiful, call them at (308) 436-4649.
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