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April 16, 2014

City of Miami to stage trash, cleanup events

MIAMI, Okla. — The city of Miami plans two trash and cleanup events over the next month in an effort to beautify the city and to assist residents with trash removal.

This Saturday will see the return of the annual spring “Trash-Off the Streets of Miami.” The trash-off is a city-financed event that arms volunteers with trash bags and gloves to help pick up the city’s streets and parks. Department of Solid Waste foreman Kevin Horn said that while the basis of the trash-off is pretty simple, it has grown into a large volunteer effort by area residents.

“It is pretty basic in that we get groups together to clean up different streets around town to help beautify our city,” Horn said. “All of the workers are out there on a volunteer basis, but the city does provide the gloves and bags, and we do dispose of the trash. We spend maybe a couple hundred dollars, and that’s great considering how much gets done. For that little of an investment, it is more than worth it.”

Volunteers will meet at the Miami Civic Center at 8 a.m. where a risk management program covering basic safety will be held. Each person will receive gloves and a safety vest before being assigned an area or street side to remove debris. All participants are asked to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.

Horn said that the event has steadily grown in popularity since its inception over five years ago.

“Last year we had about 175 volunteers participate and that is counting a lot of the organizations that pulled people together to help, and they picked up 144 bags of trash in the city,” Horn said. “We are expecting that many this year with the weather turning nice.”

The following weekend after the trash-off, residents will also have an opportunity to dispose of waste free of charge with the city as part of a spring cleanup sponsored by the city. The cleanup will be held at the transfer station located at 1117 N.W. Veterans Blvd.

The city has split the event into two weekends, one for the west and east side of town. Residents of northwest and southwest sections of the city may bring items starting on April 28 through May 3. Residents of northeast and southeast sections of the city may bring items on May 5 through May 10. The trash disposal is limited to Miami residents, who must show a current utility bill along with a driver license.

Information

For more information regarding the spring trash-off and cleanup, people may contact that city’s solid waste department at 918-541-2285.

 

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