Saturday, February 23, 2013

TOP STORY >> Cabot’s annual cleanup March 16

Cabot’s cleanup and hazardous waste roundup will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 16.

The event will again be co-sponsored by the city and Cabot City Beautiful. It will be held in conjunction with the national Great American Cleanup campaign and the statewide Keep Arkansas Beautiful Month.

Everyone in the Cabot area is encouraged to participate: Civic and service organizations, church and youth groups, schools and clubs, scouting groups, individuals, families, neighborhoods and businesses.

Volunteers should meet at the Cabot Panther Stadium parking lot at 9 a.m. March 16 and check in at the registration canopies.

Volunteers will be assigned routes by event coordinators if participants have not already designated their own areas. Orange safety vests and garbage bags will be available. Participants are encouraged to bring sturdy work gloves.

“Cabot is an amazing community. We all have a responsibility to keep it clean and attractive,” says Pat Watkins, president of Cabot City Beautiful.

“If Cabot is littered and ill-kempt, our potential to attract industry and tourism can be significantly impacted. Simple steps can greatly affect economic development — a fresh coat of paint, a few new flower plantings, roadsides and waterways free of litter. They all can make a big difference in Cabot’s future. We need volunteers to come help us keep Cabot beautiful.”

Irene Ernst, this year’s local Great American Cleanup co-coordinator, said the event will provide a drop-off point for the disposal of various electronic waste and household hazardous waste materials, to include latex paints (waste and recyclable), oil-base paints/thinners, motor oil, antifreeze, fluorescent bulbs, pesticides and herbicides, household cleaners, household batteries (nicad, alkaline and lithium), automotive batteries and off-the-rim tires. Computer components, TVs, VCRs and other types of electronic equipment will be accepted.

For more information, contact the group at 501-920-2122 or 501-941-4905.