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City officials invite volunteers to join local cleanup day

– With the snow – finally – departing, residents can see just how trashed the city is.

Fort Wayne officials hope the stark reality of what’s left on the ground will encourage residents to pitch in and be part of the city of Fort Wayne’s Great American Cleanup event.

Volunteers of all ages are asked to show their community pride and join the local effort in the nationwide Great American Cleanup on May 17. Residents, neighborhoods, families, churches, youth organizations or schools are asked to register at or by calling 311 by April 18. Pre-registration allows the city to accommodate volunteers with event T-shirts, gloves and trash bags.

Last year, more than 190,000 pounds of litter and debris was collected from Fort Wayne’s neighborhoods, parks, roads, trails and riverbanks.

The Great American Cleanup is the country’s largest beautification and community improvement effort. Nationwide, there were more than 4 million volunteers last year.

Fort Wayne’s cleanup efforts focus on neighborhoods, vacant lots, trails and greenways, graffiti removal, streets and roads and rivers.