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Volunteers encouraged to get behind Madison County litter campaign

EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County is offering a new program to help reduce litter and maintain “Clean Communities.”

“As winter ends, litter is everywhere, and we have a plan to clean it up,” Chairman Kurt Prenzler said.

Madison County’s Building and Zoning Department has a new program called “Clean Communities,” which provides resources to volunteers to assist them in picking up trash.

Prenzler said that he hates seeing litter and believes everyone agrees.

“Our goal is to ‘clean it up before all the spring’s green is up,’” Prenzler said.

Building and Zoning Administrator Chris Doucleff said his department often receives complaints about litter along the county’s roads and ditches.

“This year, we’re making it a priority,” Doucleff said.

Doucleff said the county is offering a Clean Communities “resource tool kit” so that residents do not have to buy materials themselves. The tool kit will include — trash bags, reflective vests, gloves and litter grabbers — for an individual or a small group to go out and pick up trash.

“The first step is to provide the resources,” Doucleff said.

He said Republic Services is contributing some of the materials.

Volunteers will be able to pick up their resource tool kit at the Madison County Administration Building or, in the near future, the materials will also be available at participating township and municipal offices. If necessary, the county will also arrange to pick up the trash bags.

“We’re trying to clean up our streets, roads and highways,” Prenzler said. “I would encourage people to join in.”

Visit recycling@co.madison.il.us or call (618) 296-4468 for questions or more information about the program.

PHOTO: Chairman Kurt Prenzler picks up litter as part of the Madison County’s Clean Communities initiative, which provides resources to volunteers to assist them in picking up trash. Prenzler is encouraging people to participate in the program.

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