KNIB Announces Date of Great American Clean-Up

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LOVES PARK (WIFR) – Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful has announced that the Great American Cleanup will be held Saturday, April 26 in Northern Illinois. Volunteer registration is now open for both Winnebago and Boone County collection routes with a choice of 20 equipment pickup locations.

The Great American Cleanup™ is the region-wide litter collection involving more than 1,000 citizens from all municipalities, agencies and service organizations in Winnebago and Boone County.

Individuals and teams from businesses, civic groups, churches, youth, or neighborhood organizations can select specific routes or be assigned to a targeted area. Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful and its partners provide safety and litter-collecting equipment at strategic staging sites the day of the event, which is to be returned at the end of the collection. The bags of litter are retrieved within the next week

Annual Great American Cleanup™

“Last year we had more than 1,200 volunteers clearing more than 300 miles of roadside,” said Frank Manzullo, Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Great American Cleanup coordinator. “We hope to attract even more volunteers this year,” he added. “Now that the snow has melted, we need to improve the image of our neighborhoods and event venues. As the Stateline welcomes visitors to its spring and summer events we want them to know that we take pride in our community,” Manzullo said.

Preregistration for the event is required. Volunteers should register by Friday, April 18. On Saturday, April 26, a designated team coordinator may pick up supplies at one of the 20 distribution sites between 8 and 9 a.m. and bring them to their assigned team cleanup location. The sites are listed at* Team members meet at the start of the route, receive their supplies and pick up litter between 9 and Noon. Complimentary water and snacks, courtesy of event sponsors, are also provided to

Groups or individuals interested in participating in the 2014 Great American Cleanup can call Frank Manzullo at Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful at 815-637-1343 or register at

In an additional effort to beautify Northern Illinois, in honor of Arbor Day free oak trees will be available, in limited quantities, at select distribution sites and at the Rockford Park District Trolley Station, 324 N. Madison Street, on Saturday, April 26. The grant from the Living Lands and Waters project requests the trees be planted within sight of the Rock River.

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