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Mayors sign cleanup proclamation
March 14, 2013 Jerry Purvis   

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Scottsbluff mayor Randy Meininger, Terrytown mayor Kent Greenwalt, and Gering mayor Ed Mayo sign a clean up proclamation at the Gering Business Club meeting on Wednesday.

The mayors of Gering, Scottsbluff and Terrytown were at last week’s Gering Business Club to sign proclamations for the area’s annual “Great American Cleanup.”

Starting in April, numerous activities have been scheduled around the area to emphasize the important of recycling, reusing and reducing the amount of “stuff” that seems to always accumulate.
Events get rolling on April 19 with Cleanup Day at the Scotts Bluff National Monument. Volunteers from throughout the area have shown up in past years to pick up trash around the monument as they get ready for the tourism season.

On April 20, a tree planting ceremony takes place at Westmoor Elementary School in Scottsbluff just prior to Earth Day, which is on Monday, April 22 this year.

Also on the 20th, it’s electronic collection day at Environmental Services in Scottsbluff and at the Panhandle Coop Plaza. It’s a day for people to dispose of their old monitors, computer equipment and other electronics.

On April 20 and 27, the Gering landfill is free for Scottsbluff, Gering and Mitchell residents with a valid ID and current utility bill.

A number of tree planting events are always scheduled for Arbor Day, which takes place this year on Friday, April 26.
On May 4, Terrytown is having its cleanup day. And the pharmaceutical take-back is scheduled from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the east parking lot of Main Street Market. It’s an opportunity for residents to get rid of old prescription drugs, rather than dumping them into the water supply.

“Everybody can make a positive step in doing something good for the environment,” said Kathy Kropuenske, director of Keep Scottsbluff-Gering Beautiful. “Whether it’s recycling or just picking up a piece of litter when you see it, you’re making a difference.”
For more information on all the activities around the Great American Cleanup, call Keep Scottsbluff-Gering Beautiful at (308) 632-4649.
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