More than 1,000 volunteers expected at Cleanup Columbia

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 | 12:55 p.m. CDT; updated 7:03 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 9, 2013
More than 1,600 volunteers will participate Saturday in the 17th annual Cleanup Columbia, a citywide trash pickup event. As early as 8 a.m., volunteers will pick up trash along the roads marked here. For the safety of the volunteers, the city encourages drivers to use caution while traveling these roads.

COLUMBIA — On Saturday morning, more than 1,600 Columbia residents are expected to help clean up litter that never made it to a trash can. 

Volunteers representing 125 groups are expected to turn out for Cleanup Columbia, helping clean up trash from the city's streets, trails, streams and parks, according to a city news release. A picnic lunch sponsored by APAC-Missouri Inc., will follow the cleanup at noon at Twin Lakes Recreation Area. 

Anyone interested in volunteering can pick up supplies from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Daniel Boone City Building, 701 E. Broadway. People can also pick up supplies from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, or 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday at Rock Quarry Park, 2002 Grindstone Parkway. 

Volunteers will begin cleaning Rock Quarry Road between Stadium Boulevard and Grindstone Parkway at 8 a.m. and Stark Avenue west of Brown Station Road at 10 a.m., according to the release, which advises volunteers to be careful on the narrow roads. 

To learn more, contact Volunteer Programs at 573-874-7499 or visit

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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