Friday, November 30, 2007

Clean and Green receives cleanup award

The Clermont 20/20 Clean and Green Program received a second place award in the Great American Cleanup Project at the recent Keep Cincinnati Beautiful "Just Desserts" event. The award was in recognition of the successful Clean and Green Spring Litter Pickup that was held in April. The award was presented by Brad Lindner, president of United Dairy Farmers, and Chris Monzel, Cincinnati City Council.

The purpose of the "Just Deserts" event is to recognize the work done by volunteers and communities in their effort to reduce or eliminate litter and to complete beautification projects. This year's event was sponsored by United Dairy Farmers and Heidelberg Distributing and hosted by H.J. Benken Florist and Greenhouse.

"I would like to recognize and thank the 14 Clermont County community captains who worked very hard to ensure that the Spring Litter Pickup would be a big success this year: Mark Menz, Rex Parsons, Mike Shiverski, Nancy Middleton, Barb Hertzer, Susan Ellerhorst, Lynn Baird, Dan Stauft, Theresa Brown, Patti Bates, Mark McIlrath, Gene Williams, Wendy Smith and Connie Taggart. They did a tremendous job of coordinating the efforts in their communities where 617 volunteers collected 985 bags of litter and 61 bags of recycling," said Becky Ploucha, director of the Clermont 20/20 Clean and Green Program. "We also partnered with Cincinnati Computer Cooperative to add the Computer Reuse/Recycling event to the Spring Litter Pickup, which made the event even more significant. About 780 computer components were dropped off at the Computer Reuse/Recycling staging area at Mark Williams Beechmont Ford."