Litter Cleanup a Success!

The City’s America Recycles Day @ Boneyard Creek cleanup event was held for the third time the morning of October 29.  There were 34 volunteers, including groups from Uni High TREE Club and West Haven Neighborhood Watch, who helped make this event a huge success.  With the help of our volunteers, we were able to collect and dispose of approximately 5 cubic yards of litter and debris (from over a mile of the Boneyard Creek channel throughout the watershed!), including a mattress, scooter, televisions, broken furniture, blankets, paper, plastic materials, styrofoam, and cigarette butts (which are the most littered item in the world!).  Events such as this help to remove unwanted and harmful debris from our waterways.

America Recycles Day is an initiative of Keep America Beautiful and is nationally held on November 15th to promote and celebrate recycling in the United States.  Each Keep America Beautiful affiliate community hosts an event in late October or early November tailored to their unique needs.  Our local event was an opportunity to raise awareness for the national America Recycles Day effort.  You can follow ‘Keep Champaign Beautiful’ on facebook for up-to-date information about recycling, upcoming events, recycling tips, etc.  There is also a Keep Champaign Beautiful webpage with information on how to get involved:

The next litter cleanup event, Boneyard Creek Community Day, is scheduled for Saturday, April 22.  Please visit for more information regarding that event. For more information regarding recycling, please visit the City’s recycling webpage at:

Any questions can be directed to Nichole Millage at [email protected] or (217) 403-4780 or Leslie Heath at [email protected] or (217) 403-4722.

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