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Local cleanup this weekend
The 2014 Great American Cleanup of Miles City will be this weekend. Organizations, individuals and families are invited to join in the scheduled activities and spend time making improvements in their own backyards this spring.
The event is organized by Keep Miles City Beautiful and the Miles City Area Chamber of Commerce. It is part of the nation’s largest cleanup and beautification program through Keep America Beautiful.
According to Janelle Grant, director of Keep Miles City Beautiful, groups or individuals can register for the citywide cleanup at the Miles City Area Chamber of Commerce, 511 Pleasant St., phone 234-2890, through Friday, May 9, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or at the Riverside Park Gazebo on Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to noon, when the cleanup will be held.
A list of cleanup sites has been identified for volunteers to choose from, or if a group has a preferred location, members can work on that spot.
Short safety training programs or brochures for distribution can be provided by Keep Miles City Beautiful upon request.
Trash bags and gloves will be provided for groups participating in the Saturday cleanup.
Primarily, groups will clean up on Saturday morning, but they can clean an area anytime during the week, keeping in mind free disposal at the landfill will be Friday and Saturday.
Keep America Beautiful assists the Keep Miles City Beautiful organization with organizing the cleanup and with bags for the event.
National sponsors are Waste Management, Dow, Troybilt, Glad, Phillips 66 and Lowes. Local partners for the 2014 Cleanup are the Miles City Area Chamber of Commerce, the Miles City Solid Waste Landfill, John and Michelle Muggli, and the Miles City Star.
Among the prizes provided for winners of this year’s local cleanup event by Keep Miles City Beautiful is a gas-powered leaf blower. Other smaller prizes will be drawn for from the list of volunteers.
Last year more than 200 volunteers worked 355 hours picking up trash and trimming up vegetation during the May cleanup event. Thirty-eight sites were improved as 17 groups and many individuals helped to beautify Miles City.
“Spring is the best time to clean up before the grass and weeds have a chance to hide trash and make retrieval difficult,” said Grant. “Eliminating trashy areas eliminates other unwelcome behavior, as trash attracts trash. Fortunately the reverse is also true - clean communities tend to stay cleaner. KMCB has already found the amount of trash visible in some areas has decreased because of more regular vigilance.”
All residents in Miles City are encouraged to participate by beautifying their own properties and are asked to assist anyone unable to clean up their own sites.
For more information about the cleanup, safety training programs and brochures, contact Grant at 951-1129 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Persons can also participate by taking part in the TRASH WALK, from today until May 10. Walkers are encouraged, on their daily walks, to take along bags and pick up garbage. When they are done they can contact Keep Miles City Beautiful to report which area was cleaned, and the size and number of bags collected. For example: On May 2 Joe Dirt picked up two grocery bags of garbage on Lincoln Street from Montana to Lake avenues.
Reporting can be done in the following ways: Email: email@example.com; text or leave a message at 951-1129; or leave a private message on the Keep Miles City Beautiful Facebook page. Residents can check out the progress on the Web site at: www.keepmcbeautiful.com.
City of Miles City crew will pick up items local residents wish to dispose of on Friday, May 9.
Anyone having items they wish to have picked up for disposal should call City Hall at 234-3493 before noon on Thursday, May 8. The items must be bagged, boxed or bundled and placed on the boulevard for pickup before the morning of Friday, May 9.
City crews will absolutely not pick up the following:
• Appliances and tires
• Demolition material
• Oil, anti-freeze, batteries or hazardous materials.
People can take their own materials to the Miles City Landfill on Friday, May 9 or Saturday, May 10. The landfill’s hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Materials to be accepted at no charge at the landfill on Friday and Saturday, May 9-10, are:
• Household garbage
• Yard waste, trees and compost
• Metal, aluminum, residential refrigerators (remove doors if possible)
A $10 fee will apply to the following items:
• Air conditioners
• Soda machines
• Commercial refrigerators, freezers and all other Freon units.
Fees for tires, depending on size, will range from $1.50 to $22.50. A higher fee will be assessed if the rim is still attached.
This is the last year the landfill will be able to participate in Miles City’s cleanup in this way, so Miles Citians should take advantage of this program while they can. The new Montana Public Contracts/Prevailing Wage Law will take effect on Tuesday, July 1. This law will not affect the way the landfill runs on a day-to-day basis, but there may be some changes in the way the landfill will be participating in special activities such as the local spring cleanup next year.
“According to Keep America Beautiful research, a community which ensures consistent and ongoing cleanup efforts also sees a decrease in the amounts of contributed litter, thus driving down the costs of dealing with debris,” said Grant. “The indirect costs of litter include the degree to which litter deters a customer from entering a business, a new employer from locating to a community and the reduction of real estate values. The presence of litter in a community actually decreases property values by 7 percent, according to the National Association of Home Builders pricing model.”
Recycling in Miles City
Eastern Montana Industries at 805 S. Haynes Avenue will take:
Aluminum cans and glass
No. 1 through No. 7 plastics
Newspapers, magazines and catalogs
Phonebooks, paperback books and junk mail
Office paper, envelopes and shredded paper
Egg cartons, cereal boxes and plastic hangers
Stuffed animals and molded plastic toys
Border Steel and Recycling at 12 Peggy Ln. will take:
Aluminum cans and appliance steel
Steel.stainless steel and tin cans
Scrap iron and copper
Electric motors and cars
Brass — red and yellow
Tin and auto scrap
Batteris — any type
Pacific Steel and Recycling at 803 Phillips St. will take:
Aluminum and appliances
Steel/stainless steel and tin cans
Scrap iron, brass — red and yellow
Tin and auto scrap
Electric motors and cars
Copper, ,magnesium, titanium and nickel
Batteries — car, cell phone, computer
E-waste — computers, televisions, cell phones
Other recycling opportunities —
Automatic Transmission Systems
St. Vincent de Paul and Woods and Goods
Miles City Academy (former convent)
Wal-Mart and Ace Hardware
Border Steel and Recycling
Pacific Steel and Recycling
Wal-Mart and Sacred Heart School
Fastenal and Ace Hardware
Miles City Landfill — ask where to put them
St. Vincent de Paul
Eastern Montana Industries
Miles City Academy
Eastern Montana Vision Clinic and Dr. Marta King’s Office
Miles City Vision Clinic
Miles City Star (toner)
Highland Park Elementary School
Sacred Heart School
Trinity Lutheran School
Holy Rosary Healthcare
Plastic shopping bags
Wal-Mart, Reynolds, Albertsons, Great Grains, St. Vincent de Paul, Custer County Food Bank
Soup labels/box tops
All elementary schools
Styrofoam packing peanuts/bubble wrap
Automatic Transmission Systems