Communities around the globe are coming together to make a difference in keeping their neighborhoods and outdoor spaces clean and more enjoyable.
Madison County wants to offer residents the opportunity to join Building and Zoning’s Clean Communities Resource Program by providing resource tool kits.
“National Cleanup Day is Saturday, Sept. 16,” Madison County Building and Zoning Director Chris Doucleff said. “We hope people will get outside and pick up trash and debris, even if its just in their neighborhood. We continues to offer free cleanup resource tool kits for volunteers who need it.”
September is National Cleanup Month and more than 180 countries take part in National CleanUp Day. The day is about focusing on cleaning up litter, trash and “free range” plastic.
“Madison County wants everyone to focus on reducing the amount of litter and trash in their communities,” Doucleff said.
The county continues to coordinate with residents, schools and community groups to target problem areas. Since inception in March 2021, the county has distributed more than 3,700 resource tool kits residents.
“There have been a lot of people take part in this program,” Doucleff said.
He said that studies show that the highest indicator that someone will pick up litter is if they witness someone else picking up litter.
“Volunteering not only encourages others to join in, but it helps support local communities,” he said.
The kits include trash bags, reflective vests, gloves and litter grabbers.
Volunteers can pick up their resource tool kit, which includes ash bags, reflective vests, gloves and litter grabbers, at the Madison County Administration Building, Suite 254, 157 N. Main St., Edwardsville. Up to six tool kits will be available for individual households and small groups. Up to 24 kits will be available for larger scheduled clean-ups and organizations.
To receive your tool kits simply fill out the short online form https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CleanToolKit or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request the number of tool kits needed. For more information, please call (618) 296-5237 or visit at www.madisoncountybz.com.
Like Madison County Clean Communities Facebook page and share your volunteer cleanup with the hashtag #MadCoClean.