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Campus cleanup effort scheduled

By Clara B. Cox

Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 27 - April 10, 1997

For the first time in its 14-year history, Montgomery County's Broomin' & Bloomin' Cleanup will include a litter pick-up on the Virginia Tech campus, which will be coordinated by the university's Recycling Office. The county-wide cleanup effort, which is sponsored by the Montgomery County Improvement Council (MCIC), will be held on Saturday, April 19.

According to Larry Bechtel, Tech's recycling coordinator, several campus organizations have already signed up to participate in the campus litter pick-up, including the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, Circle K, and Alpha Omega. Individuals and organizations wanting to participate in this segment of Broomin' & Bloomin' should contact Bechtel at 1-9915 or lbechtel@vt.edu.

Bechtel also reports that a number of organizations at the university will take part in the county-wide effort, a program that has received awards from Take Pride in America, Keep Virginia Beautiful, and the Governor's Clean Virginia Community Award Program. Campus-related organizations that have already registered to participate include 4-H, Phi Beta Sigma, NRV Coalition of Animal Rights and the Environment, Student-managed Endowment for Educational Development, and the Virginia Tech Society of American Foresters

Linda Crable, director of MCIC, said that the annual clean-up effort is important for more than aesthetic reasons: "We live in a `throw-away' society, and daily, each of us discards about five pounds of trash."

Crable said that volunteers are still needed for the annual cleanup effort. Broomin' & Bloomin' is from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. Volunteers will receive a Broomin' & Bloomin' T-shirt and be treated to a picnic beginning at 11 a.m. at shelters #1 and #2, Montgomery County Parks and Recreation Center.

To volunteer, call Crable at 382-5793.