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Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith and Owenton Mayor Doug West are asking Owen countians to band together in an effort to clean up the area as part of Commonwealth Cleanup Week.
The event, held each March, is celebrating its 15th anniversary and civic, religious and nonprofit organizations can enter to win six separate $100 prizes in a random drawing.
Owen County Solid Waste Coordinator Greg Smoot said organizations that wish to participate can help with roadside litter pickup.
“What we’re mainly asking people to do throughout this week is to cleanup around their places,” Smoot said. “This is basically a free week at the dump, meaning people can bring anything with the exception of household garbage.”
Smoot said each household is also allowed to bring four tires free of charge to the county dump during Commonwealth Cleanup Week.
To be eligible for prizes, organizations must register through their local solid waste coordinator and complete a cleanup project during the week of March 16-23.
Group participation forms are available on the cabinet website at http://waste.ky.gov/RLA/Pages/CCW.aspx.
Groups may also contact Smoot at 484-2427 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said she hopes everyone will participate in the cleanup week.
“This is primarily our only opportunity other than the free day that gives people the opportunity to cleanup their storage buildings and get rid of debris,” Keith said. “As I drive around the county I see that that’s one of our major problems. We have a lot of clutter out along the roadside, around our barns and property and cleaning that up will help our environment.”
The annual, weeklong event was implemented by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and 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 Kentucky.
The EEC, county solid waste coordinators, cities, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Bluegrass PRIDE and Keep America Beautiful are sponsoring this year’s event, along with the governor’s office, legislators, county and city officials, volunteer organizations and other state government entities.
During the week, the energy and environment cabinet asks that law enforcement step up efforts to cite for criminal littering and illegal dumping during the cleanups.