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Editorial: Cleanup campaign offers help with local projects

Jan. 25, 2013 @ 11:01 PM

With temperatures in the 20s, this is no weekend for an outdoor cleanup.

But it might be a good time to plan one.

Each spring, volunteers in our region make a great contribution with cleanup events in public spaces and along roadsides, creeks and riverfronts.

For those efforts, the West Virginia's Department of Environmental Protection is ready to lend a hand.

Organizers can now get applications for the Make It Shine Statewide Spring Cleanup program and have until March 1 to register projects for the first two weeks of April. In return, the DEP will provide cleanup materials, waste hauling assistance and landfill fees.

Last year, more than 4,800 people around the state were involved in the program and removed about 220 tons of litter and debris.

The program is limited to efforts to remove litter from public lands, and that is an important part of addressing the state's litter problem.

Recently, however, community groups also have begun working on cleanups of overgrown or dilapidated properties in their own neighborhoods. It would be good to see state and local government support expanded to those efforts as well.

It all helps make West Virginia shine.

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