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2021 Litter Bit Better is happening, but with COVID-19 safety measures

Citywide cleanup will begin May 1 and should be done alone or in small family, household or work groups.

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Colleen Clermont, 5, helps her Mom, Cathy Clermont, of Rochester, pick up trash Saturday as part of Litter Bit Better at Slatterly Park in Rochester.

This year’s Litter Bit Better cleanup campaign will be May 1 to May 9 and volunteers are encouraged to collect litter during that week while following COVID-19 safety measures.

Registration opened on Monday.

Registration information, maps and more can be found at www.RNeighbors.org/litterbitbetter . Volunteers need to pick a location and a date to pick up trash and litter. Trash and recycling bags will be provided.

Volunteers should clean up on their own or with groups that they already regularly gather with, such as their household, family or workplaces.

“In addition to Litter Bit Better, residents are invited to consider other ways to care for our environment while practicing social distancing,” said Stephanie Hatzenbihler, an environmental education specialist with Rochester Public Works. Here are some options to consider:

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1. Litter Walks

Bring a small trash bag on any walk you take and pick up any litter along the way. If your dog goes with you, be sure to clean up its waste too.

2. Adopt-a-Drain

Register for www.adopt-a-drain.org and clean up debris on storm drains in your neighborhood.

3. Adopt-a-Park with the City of Rochester

Visit the City of Rochester Parks and Recreation Website to see what parks are available for adoption.

4. Prevent litter at home

Place all trash in a plastic bag and tie the bag shut before throwing it away. Do not overload your garbage and recycling containers and make sure each container cover closes completely. This helps prevent windblown trash from entering your neighborhood.

5. Recycle

Learn what can be recycled with your curbside hauler or at the Olmsted County Recycling Center Plus. All items should be clean, dry and empty and then placed loosely in your recycling cart.

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