Owen County joins cleanup week

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By The Staff

 March 20-26, 2011, marks the 13th anniversary of Commonwealth Cleanup Week — an annual week-long event implemented by the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC). This event also kicks off the Great American Cleanup, spanning from March-May. Its purpose is to provide Kentucky communities an opportunity to “spring clean,” recycle and promote personal responsibility across the commonwealth.
In addition to the EEC, the effort involves county solid waste coordinators, cities, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Bluegrass PRIDE and Keep America Beautiful — along with the Governor’s Office, legislators, county and city officials, volunteer organizations and other state government entities. Eastern Kentucky PRIDE will be conducting cleanups in April as part of the Great American Cleanup.
Commonwealth Cleanup Week is a statewide cleanup and recycling event mandated by the 1998 Kentucky General Assembly to promote responsible solid waste practices.
Cash prizes are offered to civic, religious and nonprofit organizations that participate. These groups can enter to win six separate $100-prizes in a random drawing. To be eligible, organizations must register through their local solid waste coordinator and complete a cleanup project during the week of March 20-26. Group participation forms are available on the cabinet website at http://waste.ky.gov/RLA/Pages/CCW
Free garbage bags for the Great American Cleanup are provided by GLAD, one of the official sponsors. Please contact your local solid waste coordinator for information about picking up bags for your organization’s cleanup.
The Energy & Environment Cabinet asks all law enforcement officials to step up efforts to cite for criminal littering and illegal dumping during the cleanups. We also request that county attorneys and district judges follow through with prosecution of littering and dumping citations during that time. Some useful laws for issuing citations are: KRS 433.757 (Littering Public Waters) and KRS 433.753 (Criminal Littering on Public Highway). For more information about Commonwealth Cleanup Week, please contact your local solid waste coordinator. A list of solid waste coordinators can be found at http://waste.ky.gov/RLA
You can also contact Melinda Meredith at the Division of Waste Management, (502) 564-6716, or by e-mail at melinda.meredith@ky.gov