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Clean & Green Spring Litter Blitz
Introduction and Background
The 5th annual litter pick-up will take place in Watertown beginning on Earth Day, Saturday April 22 through Sun. April 30. This is a project of Watertown Clean & Green, a volunteer H2O-20 committee.  In the last four years, more than 2,250 volunteers spent about 4,130 hours picking up trash and recycling and making Watertown look great. Get your group together and be a part of cleaning up Watertown! Take pride in your community and know that you’ve made a real difference!  Groups who complete the feedback form will be entered into a drawing for $100 in Watertown Bucks! 

Map and Litter Pick-up Zones
The litter pick-up map shows the different zones that can be chosen for litter pick-up. Zoom in for a closer look by using the plus button at the bottom of the map in the PDF menu bar. Zones 1-42 are on major streets, roadways, and bike trails and are labeled on the map. Zones 43-53 are smaller areas not easily identified on the map, such as parks. Zones will be available for selection in a drop-down box on the Sign-up Form. If a zone is not available, it has already been selected by another group.

Sign-up to Participate in the Spring Litter Blitz
Any group or business is encouraged to select a zone for litter pick-up. A group can be a civic organization, church group, boy or girl scouts, club, volunteer organization, or group of neighbors. Fill out the Sign-up form with the group name and contact information.

Thank you for volunteering - Here are your instructions!
Please print the instructions and distribute to all group members.

Please pick up your bags and supplies at the Watertown Community Foundation Office at 211 E. Kemp, from Mon. April 17 - Wed. April 19, and Mon. April 24 - Fri. April 28, 8:30 am-4:30 pm.  Please return supplies promptly to drop-off site. Other groups need them too, and supplies are limited and costly.

Keep safety first!
• Wear bright-colored clothing with safety vest provided
• Long-sleeved shirt and long pants, gloves and boots
• Be aware of traffic conditions and use crosswalks and signals where available

Picking up Trash and Recycling:
• Your zone includes both sides of the road, and median and bike trail, if applicable. Long sticks, extendable grabber tools, and buckets may be useful.
• Orange bags ~ Trash only
     • Garbage
     • Caps from any plastic bottles
• Gray Hefty drawstring bags ~ Recyclables only
     • Empty pop/beer cans
     • Plastic pop or water bottles (caps removed)
     • Clean cardboard (corrugated and thin) 
• As you are walking, if you see an unsightly property or junk items, make a note of location and inform the Police Dept. at 882-6210 for follow-up.
• Keep track of these items to fill out feedback form: number of workers, hours worked, strangest item/most common item, suggestions for future improvements.
• Take a group picture if possible and random action photos and email Jill Slobotski at for posting on Facebook or other media.
 
When the bags are full:
• Tie bags shut.
• Take to the Wtn Street Dept. at 730 Arrow Ave NE. Separate your bags into the collection areas for Trash and Recycling.
• Leave any unused bags, and leave the safety vests, buckets, and grabbers to be re-used. They will be shuttled back to WCF for use by other groups.
• If you have large, bulky items or are unable to transport your bags, leave them at an intersection or easily-identifiable location, and call the Sanitation Dept. at 882-6219, 8:00-4:30, Mon. – Fri. and ask for your bags to be picked up.



After the Clean-up - Your Group Could Win $100!
Thank you so much for participating in the Spring Litter Blitz! Please complete the Feedback Form to help us tweak the process during this year’s event, to help us plan for next year’s event, and to help civic and government officials prioritize efforts dealing with litter and recycling. Any suggestions or comments are welcome.  Groups that complete a feedback form will be entered into a drawing for $100 in Watertown Bucks, compliments of the Chamber of Commerce.  Drawing will be held during the May 15 City Council Work Session.

The goals of the Clean & Green H2O-20 committee are to keep Watertown CLEAN (decreasing litter), and GREEN (increasing recycling). Like us on Facebook:  Watertown Clean & Green. For recycling hints, click here.  For ways to prevent litter, click here.  Thank you for your interest – you make a difference in the City's image as visitors and citizens travel through our community.  You are greatly appreciated!