Memphis City Beautiful kick off | Community Spirit
Here is the media release:
There are some things that neighborhoods can do without: trash and debris are among them, they can change a neighborhood for the worse; removing them can bring a change for the better. A new public-private partnership initiated by Memphis City Beautiful and Allied Waste Services has been launched to help neighborhoods improve their surroundings and our City.
Allied Waste has designated a special 30-foot construction bin, painted it blue, and emblazoned it with Memphis City Beautiful’s logo, to help neighborhood associations remove the things that create eyesores, blight and safety concerns. The bin will be available for neighborhood association clean-up initiatives sponsored by Memphis City Beautiful. Allied Waste Services will deliver the bin on the morning designated for the neighborhood’s clean-up; once filled, Allied will then haul the bin away, leaving residents to enjoy a better view from their doorsteps.
Neighborhood Associations interested in signing up for the program should contact Memphis City Beautiful at 522-1135. In addition to Allied’s giant waste removal bin, Memphis City Beautiful will lend tools, such as shovels, rakes, and hedge clippers, as well as provide work-gloves and trash bags for use by neighborhood volunteers involved in the clean-up efforts.
The collection bin will haul away all acceptable waste collected by volunteers participating in Memphis City Beautiful approved neighborhood clean-ups. Monitors from the neighborhood will be on-site to prevent misuse of the program by persons not involved in the clean-up, and make sure that hazardous waste materials aren’t added to the debris collected (special instructions for the proper disposal of hazardous substances will be provided at each clean-up event).
Allied Waste Services and Memphis City Beautiful will kick off this new Community Dumpster Dayservice with a clean-up in the VECA neighborhood, Saturday morning, May 15. VECA, The Vollintine Evergreen Community Association, has invited area residents interested in taking part in this event to volunteer by contacting Erin Sogal of VECA at 275-9176, or Memphis City Beautiful at 522-1135. Volunteers will meet at the VECA Welcome Center, 1620 Jackson Avenue on Saturday, May 15 at 8:45 AM.
Memphis City Beautiful is the first-ever civic beautification commission founded in the United States (1930). Allied Waste Services became involved in the Memphis market through its purchase of Memphis-founded BFI industries. The City agency and Allied Waste Services plan to offer the ”Community Dumpster Day” service to assist qualifying neighborhood associations in clean-up efforts throughout the year.