ALTON — Alton’s Spring City-Wide Litter Clean-Up is set for 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, April 29, rain or shine.
The community is invited to pitch in by picking up bags, gloves, a free doughnut and directions to areas in need of cleaning. Registration stations will be downtown at the corner of Third and Belle streets, and in Hunterstown at Hellrung Park near the entrance at Seventh Street and Central Avenue. Groups will depart at 9 a.m. in Upper Alton from Neudecker Insurance at the corner of Main Street and College Avenue and in North Alton from Joe K’s Restaurant, 2530 State St. Volunteers also can pick up litter in their neighborhood and deposit it in their own trash and recycling bins.
Thanks to a partnership with the Lewis and Clark Community College Office of Sustainability, the first 50 volunteers to check in at the downtown registration station will receive a commemorative T-shirt.
The biannual cleanups are coordinated by Alton Main Street, which thanks the following groups for adopting areas: Upper Alton Association, North Alton-Godfrey Business Council, Pride Inc., Sierra Club-Piasa Palisades Group, Junior League of Greater Alton, Wild Trak Cycling Club, Jacoby Arts Center, OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center, Friends of Haskell, ROTC, Club Paws, 100 Black Men of Alton, Knights of Columbus No. 460, Girl Scouts, Royal Services, Boys and Girls Club of Alton, Rotary of the Riverbend, Alton Fire Department, TCAY Tidalwaves Swim Team, Marquette Catholic High School, Arrow Signs, Faith Fellowship, Target, Lifehouse Church, CNB Bank and Trust, Upper Alton Baptist Church, Lewis and Clark Community College Office of Sustainability, Alton High School Future Career and Community Leaders of America, Ardent Mills, A Precious Organization, PACUP and SWAP.
“Litter-free streets are essential for maintaining a high quality of life and instilling community pride,” said Sara McGibany, executive director of Alton Main Street. “The Fall Clean-Up has been set for Saturday, Sept. 9. To make this spring cleaning effort as successful as possible, we are making an appeal to youth groups, service organizations, business associations, and other similar groups to adopt sections of the main thoroughfares in town and clean them up on the 29th and beyond if they are so inclined.”
For more information or to adopt an area that is in need of attention, call (618) 463-1016 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.