Great American Cleanup

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April 30, 2016

Volunteers cleaning along riverfront

Volunteers cleaning Rockford streets.

Boone and Winnebago County, Illinois 

Part of the Nation’s Largest Annual Community Improvement Program

Every Spring residents of the Northern Illinois Stateline join thousands of communities across the U.S. in a Great American Cleanup (GAC) litter removal day.

Originated by Keep America Beautiful, GAC projects reach into every city from coast to coast down to thousands of local neighborhoods, church groups, garden clubs, businesses, neighborhood groups and just plain folks who care about the street on which they live. This is the event that mobilizes the entire community, one neighborhood at a time. Whether you and your neighbors just want to pick up litter or you have in mind a beautification project of a larger nature, the GAC is the umbrella under which to do it.

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful and Winnebago County Public Works make gloves, tongs, trash pickup bags and water available for volunteers.

Your help is needed! Call Frank Manzullo, 815-637-1343, to register.

Nationally, Keep America Beautiful promotes Great American Cleanups that occur between March and May 31st.

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful has been recognized by Keep America Beautiful

for continuously organizing a local Great American Cleanup since 1988, usually the last Saturday in April.

Flinn Middle School students and staff participated in the April  2015 Great American Cleanup.


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. 

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