Press Release from Katie Batterbee, Marketing & Outreach Coordinator at NeighborWorks Great Falls:
MApril Clean Up – Approx. 27 Tons of Trash to be Picked Up in the Coming Weekends
At least 10 tons of trash is removed from our community each year due to NeighborWorks’ MApril clean up – with a particularly long winter, we’re expecting even more this year. Last year between Great Falls and Black Eagle 27 tons of trash was picked up.
For the past 35 years, NeighborWorks Great Falls has sponsored MApril Cleanup on the last Saturday in April and the first Saturday in May. This year MApril is scheduled for Saturday, April 28th and Saturday, May 5th. Cleaning will begin at 8am and run until noon on both Saturdays.
This clean up event is a partnership between NeighborWorks Great Falls, Malmstrom AFB, Montana Waste Systems, the Chamber of Commerce, the City’s Neighborhood Councils, and others. NeighborWorks coordinates the event through partnerships, community volunteers and sponsorships. Malmstrom AFB provides around 300 volunteers to pick up debris left in alleys by residents in NeighborWorks’ target neighborhoods. Rodger Bridgeford, at Montana Waste Systems waives all dumping fees at the High Plains Landfill for this event every year. The Great Falls Chamber and North 40 have generously helped provide supplies and items for this year’s clean-up efforts. Food Frenzy Café and Catering is providing gift certificates for the Base Dirt Boyz (sic) that pick up the trash on April 28th and May 5th. If you or your business would like to become a MApril sponsor, please donate online at www.nwgf.org/give – choose “Fund Drive” and then select your donation to be dedicated to “Community Building”.
Pick up specifications:
If you live in between the areas of 8th Avenue North to 8th Avenue South from 25th Street west to the river or Black Eagle you can put your spring debris in the alley before 8am on either Saturday to have it picked up. In order to accommodate loads over 30 pounds, please call 406-761-5861 before April 26th to schedule a special pick up. Items such as construction debris, batteries, refrigerators, hot tubs, large furniture, etc. cannot be picked up. Branches must be cut into 4-foot lengths and bundled together. We encourage residents to recycle items that can be locally recycled.