Jurich: The Great Glass City CleanUpWritten by Stacy Jurich | | firstname.lastname@example.org
here are parts of our landscape in Toledo that are not accentuated by beautiful flowers, inspiring architecture, public art or community parks, but by litter.
Next time you are out walking, biking or driving, start to take notice of the garbage, particularly near highway entrances and exits and near stoplights. Consider the implications when you see a smoker toss a cigarette butt onto the ground or out the window. Unfortunately, the litter will not be hard to notice.
Fortunately, the Great Glass City CleanUp will address the litter plague. This citywide cleaning event will make history by removing litter from the City of Toledo and the surrounding cities from 2-5 p.m. April 6. The cleanup is hosted by The LitterBugz, an organization started in the business school at the University of Toledo. The LitterBugz work to help keep Toledo clean and help small, locally owned businesses.
According to the group’s website, the two most common reasons people litter are inadequate disposal containers or trashcans and being careless of their surrounding environment: “These two reasons describe the most important factors that lead to littering. The purpose of The LitterBugz is to increase recycle awareness, which would urge citizens to care about the surrounding environment.”
The LitterBugz hope is to provide receptacles trash and cigarette butt disposal, while educating the youth and eliminating the act of littering entirely.
The LitterBugz sectioned the Glass City (including Holland, Maumee, Perrysburg, Rossford, Sylvania and Toledo) into 10 districts and surveyed the territory to make a litter grid. During Saturday’s CleanUp, volunteers will begin in areas with the most litter, before spreading into cleaner and cleaner areas. “A clean community… can discourage littering and improve community appearance and quality of life,” according to The LitterBugz website.
To tackle the trash in the Glass City, volunteers are needed for the Great Glass City CleanUp on April 6. Volunteers on the day of the event will receive a T-shirt that says ‘iHATE TRASH’ and ‘iDON’T LITTER’ wristbands as well as free food and drinks. Volunteers can receive discounts by wearing their T-shirt into certain businesses (details on LitterBugz website).
There are 13 volunteer meet-up locations (listed on the website) where volunteers will meet at 1:45 p.m. for the Great Glass City CleanUp on April 6. Maps and safety instructions will be given to volunteer groups of five.
If your business, church, organization, workplace or family wants a cleaner community, The LitterBugz welcome volunteer support and donations of money or supplies (gloves, rakes, brooms, bags) to help accomplish the goal of not only cleaning up trash but diminishing the amount of litter on the ground in the future.
For more information and to volunteer at the Great Glass City CleanUp on Saturday April 6 from 2-5 p.m., visit www.thelitterbugz.org.