COLUMBIA — More than 1,300 people have already registered for the annual Cleanup Columbia event that brings volunteers together to pick up litter in the city's streets, trails, streams and parks.

The event Saturday will mark the 20th year volunteers have picked up trash around the city as part of the program.

The registered volunteers represent more than 110 groups, according to a news release. A list on the city's website shows volunteers come from several sororities, neighborhood organizations, scout troops and local businesses.

To sign up to volunteer, you can go to Rock Quarry House at 2002 Grindstone Parkway until 6 p.m. Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, or beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Start times and locations for the event are determined on a group-by-group basis.

The city will provide volunteers with all necessary materials, including trash bags, gloves and safety vests. They will also give out T-shirts while supplies last. After the event, volunteers can return their supplies to staff at Rock Quarry House until 1 p.m. Columbia Public Works will collect the filled trash bags.

The event is organized by the city's Volunteer Programs department and is sponsored by several local media organizations, businesses and other city departments.

For more information, call Volunteer Programs at 874-7499.

Supervising editor is Katie Kull. 

  • Formerly an assistant city editor & reporter on the public health and safety beat. Reach me at or on Twitter @Jaredography.

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