Sunday, October 30, 2011

Help Clean Up The Rez

Keep The Rez Beautiful To Hold
Water & Land Cleanup Nov. 5

A litter cleanup hosted by Keep the Rez Beautiful (KRB) on Nov. 5 will target trash both on land and in the water. This will mark this volunteer group’s first-ever cleanup using kayaks and other boats.

“We want community members to help us with this cleanup,” Keep the Rez Beautiful Board Member Debra Veeder said. “We will be picking up litter along streets and streams, and the more volunteers, the more trash we can remove from our neighborhoods.”

KRB is looking for volunteers to help with this cleanup. To volunteer, meet at the Reservoir Community Center between 8 and 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 5. The Community Center is located at 2232 Spillway Road in Brandon.

Volunteers with kayaks, canoes and other watercraft are asked to bring their craft. Cleanup gear and snacks are provided.

If you have questions, contact Veeder at (601) 605-1790.

Not only will this cleanup allow KRB volunteers to showcase the importance of litter prevention but the importance of recycling, too.

KRB is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, and this cleanup is a registered America Recycles Day event. Community members are encouraged to bring recyclable items to the Reservoir Community Center during the event.

“Keep the Rez Beautiful wants to encourage the community to participate in recycling services in the local communities we cover,” KRB Board President Brenda Miller said. “Recycling is important because it reduces the amount of trash we send to landfills and allows us to reuse our resources.”

This is the fourth cleanup held by KRB but the first with an aquatic component.

“We networked with other affiliates to learn how we could better tackle litter in the water,” KRB Treasurer Leigh Anne Leech said. “Cleaning our shorelines is just as important as cleaning our waters, and we hope this kayak cleanup will cause a ripple of environmental improvements in the Rez. While this is our first water cleanup, it is definitely not our last.”

For more information on KRB, visit www.keeptherezbeautiful.org. Friend KeepTheRezBeautiful on Facebook, and follow TreasureTheRez on Twitter.

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