Sign-Up Your Group or Organization for Pick-Up Iowa 2021
One of my biggest pet peeves is when you're driving behind someone and you see them throw trash out their car window. Ugh, it's aggravating. I just want to yell "the world is not your dumpster!"
According to the Keep Iowa Beautiful website, plastic bags take 500-1000 years to decompose. Aluminum cans? 200 years. What's worse? Glass bottles, 1 to 2 MILLION years. So when they say, "today's litter is tomorrow's problem", they're not lying.
Now, that I've given all the polluters out there a sufficient guilt trip. It's time to show your civic pride and take part in the Keep Iowa Beautiful "Pick-up Iowa" program. It's time to get organized with community and civic associations, schools, church groups, clubs, neighborhoods, families, businesses, or scouts and participate in this state-wide effort .
"Your community may participate by cleaning up litter and trash along Iowa's roadsides, neighborhoods, streets, school grounds, parks and streams," said Kevin Techau, Keep Iowa Beautiful Executive Director.
Here in the Cedar Valley, some events are already planned. The city of Cedar Falls has set "Earth Week", April 19th through the 24th, for a city-wide clean-up effort. They encourage you to organize neighborhood clean-up activities or adopt a Cedar Falls location. Plus, Black Hawk county will hold their annual Household and Hazardous Waste & Electronics drop-off event is set for Saturday, April 24th.
Pick-Up Iowa will be held starting this Friday, March 26th through June 30th, 2021 on any dates that work for your organization. Registered participant groups are eligible for a limited supply of free cleanup supplies such as bags, grabbers, safety vests and gloves donated by Keep Iowa Beautiful. To participate, register your group/organization by clicking here.