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Roanoke, VA – On Saturday, July 14, the first city-sponsored neighborhood clean-up event titled “Clean Sweep” took place in the neighborhoods within the Melrose-Orange-Loudon-Rugby sections of the City of Roanoke. The boundaries of the area cleaned were from Lafayette Boulevard in the West to 10th Street N.W. in the East; and from Andrews Road North to Shenandoah Avenue in the South.
Efforts were focused on collecting trash, bulk, and brush. City crews collected more than 38 tons for the day, which equates to almost 1,100 full Big Blue containers – as much as is collected from the Northwest section of the city on a regular Monday solid waste collection day. The team also collected 90 tires from residents and from the roadsides.
A total of 58 staff members from city departments and divisions including Solid Waste, Stormwater, Sustainability, Neighborhood Services, Code Enforcement, Lead-Safe, Police, Fire-EMS, Sheriff's Office, Roanoke Public Libraries, Social Services, and Citizen Engagement participated in the clean-up. In addition, more than 35 volunteers participated in picking up litter and recyclables along right-of-way areas.
Jeffrey Powell, Solid Waste Manager, stated that “this clean-up is the first step in creating a cleaner, safer, and more beautiful neighborhood. We encourage residents and landlords to maintain the appearance going forward.”
Residents are asked to call 853-2000, option 1, when they see citizens not maintaining trash, bulk, and brush properly in their neighborhood.
For more information, contact Jeffrey Powell, Solid Waste Manager, at Jeffrey.firstname.lastname@example.org or 853-6848.