Great American Cleanup

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The Nation’s Largest Annual Community Improvement Program

 The 2016 Great American Cleanup will be April 30, 2016.

Every Spring the Stateline area joins thousands of communities across the U.S. in the Great American Cleanup (GAC) and we need your help!  The 2015 Great American Cleanup took place on Saturday, April 25, 2015.  Despite the rain, 1,314 local residents participated and gave 5,256 hours of time to clean up over 328.5 miles of area streets and roads.  In the process they removed over 40 tons of litter from the streets.

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. The national Great American Cleanup runs from April 1st 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 Flynn Middle School participate 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