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Asheville Greenworks to Host Cleanup Kickoff Party


ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville GreenWorks will be hosting a Great Asheville Buncombe Cleanup Kickoff Party at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Chamber of Commerce.

Mayor Terry Bellamy and County Commissioner David Gant will proclaim April Great Asheville Buncombe Cleanup month and help with the kickoff cleanup on Chamber grounds and nearby streets. Everyone in the community is invited to this event to help with the cleanup or pick up supplies for their own cleanup.

Asheville GreenWorks, formerly Quality Forward, will be sponsoring community cleanup events and projects throughout the month of April to promote environmental awareness and community action.

Asheville GreenWorks is a new name on a longtime goal: to clean and green Asheville and Buncombe through volunteer projects. In April Asheville GreenWorks will be sponsoring annual cleanup drive Great Asheville Buncombe Cleanup, expanding on the events from last year five-fold. As part of the drive community volunteers will clean up streets, waterways and public spaces by removing litter and illegal dump sites, greening up parks, schoolyards and other public spaces, holding recycling drives, hosting educational events, removing graffiti, and more.

Volunteers are wanted Saturday for the Great Asheville Buncombe Cleanup. We’ll be meeting at six Bojangles locations listed below between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to distribute supplies and eat breakfast. Asheville GreenWorks volunteers will equip you with bags, gloves and safety vests, and other supplies as needed, and Bojangles will provide breakfast to hungry volunteers. If you already know of a spot in your neighborhood that needs work, pick up some supplies and mobilize your own neighborhood pickup.

If you want to make a difference in the greater community contact Asheville GreenWorks beforehand and we’ll set you up with a site and group. Contact [email protected] or 254-1776 for questions or to register for this event.

Asheville GreenWorks is the local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and has been working for a clean and green Buncombe County since 1974. For more information, contact Allison McGehee at 254-1776

Litter pickup supplies will be available at the following Bojangle’s parking lots:

· Central / West: 974 Patton Avenue 253-7858

· Central / North: 99 Merrimon Avenue 252-2777

· Skyland: 1578 Hendersonville Rd. 277-3820

· Weaverville: 164 Weaver Rd. 645-7662

· Candler: 1507 Smoky Park Hwy. 670-6829

· Oteen: 1338 Tunnel Rd. 298-6001

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