Great American Cleanup

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 The next local Great American Cleanup is April 30, 2016.

Every Spring the Northern Illinois Stateline joins thousands of communities across the U.S. in the Great American Cleanup (GAC). Your help is needed!  The 2016 Great American Cleanup has been scheduled for Saturday, April 30th. Call Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful at (815) 637-1343 after January 15th to register or online Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful will make available gloves and trash pickup bags for volunteers.

Nationally, Keep America Beautiful promotes Great American Cleanups that occur from March through May 31st annually but the Great American Cleanup in Northern Illinois occurs on the last Saturday in April each year.

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful was recently congratulated by the President of Keep America Beautiful for having continuously led the Great American Cleanup in Winnebago County for the past 28 years.

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Students and staff from Flinn Middle School participated in the 2015 Great American Cleanup.


This is the time for mobilizing the entire community, one neighborhood at a time. Whether you and your neighbors just want to do some spring cleanup or you have in mind a project of a larger nature, the GAC is the time to do it. Sponsored nationwide by Keep America Beautiful, this project reaches into every city from coast to coast down to millions of local neighborhoods, church groups, garden clubs, businesses, neighborhood groups and just plain folks who care about the street they live on.

Projects run the full range of clean up, fix up, paint up to full community efforts to beautify a whole city. Groups are encouraged to find an area in their own neighborhood that may need to be tidied up or have some flowers or trees planted. 

Last Update:  07/21/15