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Ready, Set, Beautify: Clean Up Green Up Program Comes to Prince George's County

Tracey Gold Bennett | 10/19/2011, 1:18 p.m.

A massive cooperative "green" effort is underway to help clean-up litter and debris and plant more foliage in Prince George's County. Residents, municipalities, businesses, schools and homeowner organizations are participating in "Clean Up Green Up", a county-wide beautification program happening during the month of October.

"I am excited for the County's first Clean Up Green Up. This initiative will help beautify the county as well as promote smart, sustainable, and green practices," said Scott Peterson speaking on behalf of County Executive Rushern Baker.

Though individuals can participate, the event is mainly geared toward groups such as home owners associations, schools and civic associations, said Linda Lowe, Department of Environmental Resources Public Information Specialist.

"Clean up Green Up is one way where neighbors and communities can come together and work side by side to help the County become cleaner and greener," said Lowe. "Organizations have indicated whether they wanted to participate in the clean up or planting [component] or both. We provide clean up and equipment such as safety vests, litter grabbers and plants."

Residents can expect to see fast growing red-hued crepe myrtle trees, daffodils, sea green junipers, and willow oak trees thanks to the green initiative. Kingsford Elementary School, on Enterprise Road in Mitchellville, is one of the schools participating in the Clean Up Green Up event.

The County, through the Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T), will also work with groups to provide landscaping ideas, materials, proper planting instructions of trees, shrubs and flowers, as well as litter collection supplies.

Residents began picking up planting materials and litter collection equipment on Oct. 11 at the DPW&T. Materials will be available until Oct. 20. "Clean Up, Green Up" Prince George's County events are taking place on Oct 22 at various locations around the county. Litter collected and bagged by volunteers on the day of the event will be picked up from designated streets within your community.

"Cleaner communities improve not only the quality of life of our residents but also the environment for future Prince Georgians," Baker said.

Clean Up Green up comes on the heels of the 2010 cancellation of the county's Vacuum Leaf Collection program. Now residents have to bag their leaves and take them to the curb on scheduled yard waste days as part of the Department of Environmental Resource's Yard Waste program (DER). Residents may contact DER for information about their collection process and pickup days at (202) 952-7630.

Clean Up Green Up is an annual campaign happening in cities around the country.

This is the first year of the campaign in Prince George's County.

Plants and Planting Materials Pickup Dates/Hours and Location:
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - Thursday, October 20, 2011 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

All Civic Groups pick up from: Department of Public Works & Transportation (DPWT)
8400 D'Arcy Road Forestville, MD (301) 499-8531

All Municipalities and Prince George's County Public Schools Groups pick up:
Randall Farms 4200 Ritchie Marlboro Road Upper Marlboro, MD
Contact Person: Phil Wilson

Clean Up Green Up is an
annual campaign happening
in cities around the country.
This is the first year of the
campaign in Prince George's
County.
Plants and Planting
Materials Pickup Dates/
Hours and Location:
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 -
Thursday, October 20, 2011
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
All Civic Groups pick up
from:
Department of Public Works
& Transportation (DPWT)
8400 D'Arcy Road
Forestville, MD
(301) 499-8531
All Municipalities and Prince
George's County Public
Schools Groups pick up:
Randall Farms
4200 Ritchie Marlboro Road
Upper Marlboro, MD
Contact Person: Phil Wilson