The Great American Cleanup



The Alpharetta Natural Resources Commission is joining many other affiliates and cities across the country in the Great American Cleanup, an effort that rallies millions of volunteers to cleanup, beautify and make a difference in their community. From March through May, the Commission is sponsoring a variety of organized opportunities as part of the Great American Cleanup effort.

Alpharetta is offering activities to individuals, citizens, neighborhoods, groups and companies. “There’s something for everyone,” says Alpharetta Natural Resources Commission Chairman Deb Zemlock. “We’re encouraging people to plant a garden, cleanup a local creek or learn more at one of our workshops so they can make their own contribution to the Great American Cleanup.”

This year, the Commission is sponsoring “cleanup and greenup” projects including an Arbor Day tree planting and mulching effort, cleanups at Big Creek, the Greenway and a variety of streams that run through the City. The City has given out hundreds of vegetable seed packets and provided workshops on vegetable gardening and lawn care. Upcoming classes include care of perennials and one on roses and shrubs. Anyone interested a rain barrel might want to attend our “make and take” rain barrel workshop.

A recycling collection for computers and other electronics and a sensitive document shredding event will be on April 20 at the Department of Public Safety on Old Milton Pkwy. Check the City website at for hours and details including restrictions that apply.

Although the Great American Cleanup began as a community cleanup program, affiliates like Alpharetta have grown the effort into a series of environmentally friendly projects. In past years, Alpharettans have participated in tree plantings, park and wildflower plantings, and the creation of a dogwood arbor, bluebird trails, and public gardens. There have also been numerous recycling collections and community-wide litter pickups.

For more information on participating in a Great American Cleanup project in Alpharetta, contact Alpharetta Environmental Programs Coordinator Terry Porter at (678) 297-6200.

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