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Volunteers sought for Great American Cleanup on April 19

CONYERS - Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful volunteers are hoping to encourage the public to pitch in for the annual Great American Cleanup.

The nationwide effort is coordinated locally by KCRB and was revitalized last year by volunteers who collected trash and litter across the county.

The local cleanup event coincides with the national celebration of the Great American Cleanup, which is held every year in April and May.

Volunteers will gather at the Parker Road pavilion at 7:30 a.m. April 19 to pick up safety gear and garbage bags. An appreciation lunch will be held at the pavilion at 12:30 p.m., said Holly Lafontaine, KCRB government liaison.

In previous years, volunteers with KCRB's Great American Cleanup have removed 15 tons of litter and debris and more than 50 tires from local roadways, neighborhoods and parks.

Free scrap tire recycling, introduced last year as part of the county's cleanup efforts, will also take place on April 19 at the Rockdale County Recycling Center on Sigman Road. All tires must be removed from the rim and no commercial haulers are allowed. KCRB has asked that anyone planning to bring more than 10 tires to the scrap tire recycling drive call 770-929-4076 before the recycling drive.

The organization received a grant for the tire drive from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, in an effort to eliminate any environmental threat posed by tires littering the county, Lafontaine said.

Lafontaine said volunteers with the Great American Cleanup will be sent out to those locations designated as problem areas in Conyers and Rockdale County. Groups will also have the option to chose their own sites to clean up, such as homeowners cleaning up around their neighborhood or in front of their subdivision signs.

Volunteer forms for community organizations, church groups and individuals are available at the Rockdale County Administration and Services Building or the Board of Commissioners' office at 962 Milstead Ave.

People who show up at the kick-off on the morning of the event can still join in. Volunteers get free T-shirts and lunch, as well as all the safety gloves, reflective vests and trash bags they can use.

Jay Jones can be reached at jay.jones@rockdalecitizen.com.