Great American Cleanup

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 in Green Tip

This fall, there are dozens of community cleanup events happening around Greater Cincinnati in need of volunteers. This collection of events is known as the Great American Cleanup, and it’s happening now through November.

Partnering with your neighborhood to pick up litter is one of the best ways to improve the environment. Cigarette butts, for example, are the most littered item in America, and they do not break down naturally contrary to popular belief. When left on the side of the road, the chemicals leach into the ground and contaminate our water and ecosystems. Picking up litter not only has an immediate and positive impact on your surroundings, but it also reduces pollution that can be harmful to wildlife.

During the Great American Cleanup, some communities also choose to plant trees and flowers. We know that beautified areas tend to remain clean and safe, but planting trees and shrubs also improves our air quality. Young trees absorb CO2 at a rate of 13 pounds per tree each year. At that rate, by the time they mature, they release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support two human beings.

You can get involved in the Great American Cleanup by volunteering at one of the registered cleanup events or you can organize your own project if there is not a planned event in your neighborhood. Just visit our website at www.KeepCincinnatiBeautiful.org/GAC for more information and a list of upcoming cleanup events.