NEWBERRY — The City of Newberry will partner Saturday with Keep Newberry County Beautiful for the Great American Clean Up in an effort to help beautify the City of Newberry.
“We are joining part of the national program, and it is a neat idea, and cities and communities across the country join in so we are glad to join in as well. You can pick your date, but I think it is suppose to be in the spring,” said Mayor Foster Senn. “Newberry is known for being a pretty clean town, but we need to make sure it stays that way, and the Great American Clean Up is a great way to do it, and I also hope by Keep Newberry County Beautiful sponsoring this it will inspire people throughout the year to pay attention, not litter and citizens pick up that stray piece of trash.”
Anyone who wants to volunteer can meet at Piedmont Technical College, beginning at 9 a.m. KNCB will give out supplies, such as the trash bags, safety vests, gloves and trash pickers.
Danielle Himsey, executive director of KNCB, will be giving out coffee and doughnuts to volunteers, as well as tote bags to the first 100 volunteers.
Typically the Great American Clean up gets about 30 volunteers who pick up about 20 bags of trash. Senn said he would like to see them have about 30 volunteers again this year, and Himsey would like to see them double the amount of trash they pick up.
Volunteers can either pick their own location to clean, or they can be assigned a location.
“People can pick up their own neighborhood if they like, they can pick up an area they want to pick up, there is a lot of freedom. Newberry Academy will be picking up at Smith Road, the Junior Civitans, they do that every year,” Senn said. “We are hoping to have other students from other schools, including Newberry College. We have inquired with them and we hope they will join in.”
Senn and City Councilman David Force will be helping to clean up Wilson Road, and Senn has invited residents to join them. Senn said they will start at the CVS and Rite Aid and make their way to Newberry High School. Senn said they picked that location because it is a main gateway into town.
“Other groups that have volunteered before. The Backwoods Cachers, they are outstanding and they have done a lot of litter pick up in Newberry County and we appreciate them,” Senn said.
Senn added that while the city Public Works staff keep the parks clean, the parks could always use a walk through and that is where they have assigned groups in the past. He added that they can do the same for downtown parking lots.
“I think having a clean, healthy environment is important so that Newberry County can have a sense of pride about where they live,” Himsey said.
Volunteers can start coming to Newberry at 9 a.m. and will need to be back to drop off their equipment and filled trash bags by 11 a.m.
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