Commonwealth Cleanup Week to Promote Personal Responsibility, Cleaner Kentucky

 FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 17, 2016) – The first sign of spring for the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) is the upcoming Commonwealth Cleanup Week, slated for March 19-26.

Volunteers from across Kentucky are set to fill trash bags and pick up old tires during the 18th annual event.

The week-long initiative is implemented by the EEC and kicks off the Great American Cleanup, which spans from March through May. Its purpose is to provide Kentucky communities with an opportunity to “spring clean,” recycle and promote personal responsibility across the Commonwealth.

EEC Secretary Charles Snavely said Commonwealth Cleanup Week encourages Kentuckians to get involved in cleaning up the environment. “Individuals, school groups, businesses and organizations can join together with the mission of picking up litter and trash from our roadways, valleys and streams, and recycling where possible.”

During the 2015 cleanup week, more than 13,000 Kentuckians picked up 28,230 bags of trash and 2,872 tires along 4,911 miles of roadway. In addition, these same volunteers cleared 17 illegal dumps of debris.

Nonprofit groups that register with their county solid waste coordinator and complete a

Commonwealth Cleanup Week cleanup are eligible to win one of six $100 cash prizes in a random drawing to be held in May.

Visit the DWM’s website at for scheduled events and a listing of county solid waste coordinators in Kentucky.