Spring is but a few weeks away, and Keep Toccoa-Stephens County Beautiful is starting its annual “spring cleaning” effort.
The organization said this year’s Great American Cleanup is underway in Toccoa and Stephens County.
Keep Toccoa-Stephens County Beautiful Executive Director Linda Scofield said that the local effort is part of the nationwide campaign organized by Keep America Beautiful.
“There are millions of people all over the nation picking up litter, recycling, cleaning up waterways,” said Scofield. “There are three months set aside through the year that the nation does this.”
This year, Keep Toccoa-Stephens County Beautiful is using the Great American Cleanup to also hold its Toccoa-Stephens County Cleanup Challenge.
Scofield said the Cleanup Challenge is open to anyone in the community to form a team.
She explained that the challenge turns cleaning up the community into a competitive affair.
“They would form a group and each group would compete weekly for the next three months,” said Scofield. “It goes from March 1 through May 31. They are competing to see who can pick up the most trash, pick up the most tires, pick up the most junk cars.”
Teams will then report their efforts back to Keep Toccoa-Stephens County Beautiful, who will keep score and at the end of May, announce winners.
According to Scofield, the winning team will receive $1,000, while the second place team will receive $500 and the third-place team will get $250. All teams will be recognized at a celebration following the end of the challenge.
This year marks the fourth annual Toccoa-Stephens County Cleanup Challenge.
Scofield said she is hoping to continue to grow the event.
“I am hoping that the whole community gets together and really jumps in on this,” said Scofield. “Last year, we had a big competition going with the Fire Explorers and a few other groups and it was really fun and we got a lot done.”
For more information on the Great American Cleanup and the Toccoa-Stephens County Cleanup Challenge, call Keep Toccoa-Stephens County Beautiful at 706-716-1475.