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April 9, 2014

Q5: Trash-off slated for Saturday

STILLWATER, Okla. — The city of Stillwater Environmental Programs will be hosting its annual trash-off Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Groups and individuals are encouraged to help. Participants should meet at the city of Stillwater Community Center at 9 a.m. Chris Franks, environmental programs manager, shares more details about the trash-off.

1 What is the Stillwater trash-off and who is involved in the annual event?

The Stillwater trash-off is an annual gathering of individuals, families, church organizations, civic and student groups that take to the streets of Stillwater to clean trash off of our public areas.

2 What do volunteers do during trash-off and are there awards?

Volunteers will go to predetermined areas, pick up trash that they can safely get to and place the collected trash at designated pick up spots. At noon, they return to the Community Center for a hot dog luncheon and presentation of the trash-off trophy to the group that collected the most bags of trash.

3 What are volunteers provided with?

Volunteers are provided safety vests, gloves and trash bags for the collection. They also receive food and drinks during the lunch.

 

4 What areas around town does the trash-off serve?

The most common areas are public right of ways along major roads and Stillwater parks. We also try to clean up any resident-suggested areas that may be in need of cleaning.

5 How has it helped in previous years?

The city began coordinating the event in 2006. In that time, the trash-off has averaged 92 volunteers and 130 bags of trash collected.

 

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