Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful

At the recent Athens Beautification Day, partners of Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful unveiled a new community cleanup trailer for use in 13 counties in Southeast Ohio.

“Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful partners are very excited to have the cargo trailer available now to assist us in cleaning up illegal dump sites and carrying out our beautification projects. Volunteers will now have all the necessary safety equipment and tools to help make a difference in their community,” said Gary Chancey, Team Leader for Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful.

The trailer was purchased by Rural Action with funding from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Litter Collection & Prevention Grant. The City of Athens, Wayne National Forest, and The Athens City-County Health Department have been key players in visioning, designing, and preparing the trailer for use.

The trailer includes equipment necessary for litter and dump site cleanups as well as beautification, including shovels, rakes, gloves, safety signs and vests, leaf blowers, bags, and trash and recycling containers. The City of Athens provided special funds to include graffiti removal equipment inside the new trailer.

Soon, partners of the Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful Affiliate will be allowed to loan the trailer to host cleanups in their communities. Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful is a local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful that serves at 13 county region and is managed by Wayne National Forest. Counties include Scioto, Lawrence, Jackson, Gallia, Meigs, Vinton, Hocking, Athens, Perry, Morgan, Washington, Monroe and Noble.

“The trailer is perfect for communities that want to plan a beautification day that engages lots of volunteers,” said Rural Action Zero Waste Administrator Erin Sykes.

If you want to learn more about how your community can use the trailer for cleanup and beautification projects, visit www.ruralaction.org/zerowaste.

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