SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Many towns spent their Saturday spring cleaning. 22News went to the city of Springfield where residents used their Saturday morning to clean up the streets and parks.
Hundreds of volunteers participated in spring cleaning Saturday in Springfield, one of just many communities to participate in western Massachusetts. Keep America Beautiful is in charge of organizing the annual Great American Cleanup, which is a national effort to clean streets, parks, and bring awareness to the problem of illegal dumping and litter. Cleaning up the city is just one of the positive outcomes of this annual event.
Melvin Edwards, President of Keep Springfield Beautiful, told 22News, “Generally before we do the event we do what we call ‘litter index’ and we do another one after the event. Every year we’ve noticed a reduction in liter around the city.”
It also teaches lessons to many children as well.
Lower Liberty Heights Secretary Gladys Rivera told 22News, “It’s such a great feeling and a great turn out to have everyone cleaning up, especially kids like Padro, neighbors kids wearing these big gloves and helping to keep Springfield beautiful.”
Keep Springfield Beautiful is the local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. These annual clean ups started in 2005 and have continued to grow.
Roger Sessom, Board Member of Keep Springfield Beautiful, told 22News, “We find more and more volunteers that come out. They get more into the community, they find out about it, and they realize they can do some positive change in the community. It really helps out.”
Keep Springfield Beautiful volunteers have filled close to 200 to 300 large dumpsters of trash picked up from streets and vacant city owned lots. Volunteers reported to six different locations within Springfield.