Wednesday, March 05, 2008

It's time for Seattle's "Spring Clean"

SEATTLE — Spring has arrived and Seattleites are gearing up to take part in the city’s longest-running neighborhood program – Spring Clean.

Mayor Greg Nickels is calling on residents, schools and businesses to sign up and participate in Spring Clean 2008, combining the energy and enthusiasm of the community with city resources to make Seattle's neighborhoods beautiful.

“Most people want to make a difference in their community,” said Mayor Greg Nickels. “Spring Clean is a great opportunity to get out and meet your neighbors and keep our city clean and livable.”

Spring Clean, now in its 22nd year, runs from Saturday, April 5 through Saturday, May 31, and is part of Mayor Nickels’ Clean & Green Seattle Initiative. City officials estimate more than 10,000 volunteers have participated in recent years.

Spring Clean activities include painting out graffiti, picking up litter and illegally dumped materials, stenciling storm drains, cleaning school yards, removing invasive plants in (planting strips and traffic circles) and planting trees.

The City of Seattle supports these neighborhood efforts with bags, free disposal, tools, and help with project design, publicity, and volunteer recruitment. Spring Clean information, including neighborhood cleanup activities and sign-up packets, is available by calling (206) 233-7187 or by visiting Spring Clean.

Spring Clean partners include: Seattle Public Utilities, Parks and Recreation, Department of Neighborhoods, and Seattle Department of Transportation.

In addition to providing more than 1.4 million customers in the Seattle metropolitan area with a reliable water supply, SPU provides essential sewer, drainage, solid waste and engineering services that safeguard public health, maintain the City’s infrastructure and protect, conserve and enhance the region's environmental resources.

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