Memphis Athletics and Nobody Trashes Tennessee Team Up for Blue & Gray Cleanup Day on April 13

Approximately 100 student-athletes to volunteer in the fourth annual event

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – April 11, 2022Memphis Athletics and the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s (TDOT) Nobody Trashes Tennessee public education campaign are joining forces for the fourth annual Blue & Gray Cleanup Day. Held on April 13 from 10 – 11:30 a.m., the community cleanup includes coaches, student-athletes, and athletic department staff.

“We are excited to spend some time in our own backyard again this year for Blue & Gray Cleanup Day,” Memphis Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Laird Veatch said. “Last year’s event was very impactful and allowed our student athletes, coaches, and staff to come together for a great cause. We are proud to continue our partnership with Nobody Trashes Tennessee and look forward to making an impact in our University community.”

The annual event cleans up several roads around the University of Memphis campus and nearby neighborhoods. Besides the beautification of Memphis communities, the event aims to help raise awareness of Tennessee’s litter problem. “Memphis Athletics has been a valuable Nobody Trashes Tennessee partner for several years, and we are thrilled to continue our work with coaches, staff, and student-athletes,” said Denise Baker, TDOT Transportation Program supervisor. “These volunteers join thousands of others that are committed to keeping our state clean, safe, and beautiful by participating in cleanup events throughout the spring season.”

Throughout the spring, the Nobody Trashes Tennessee litter prevention campaign is partnering with organizations like Memphis Athletics on cleanup events across the state. Learn more about the state’s litter reduction and education efforts and how to join the movement to end littering at NobodyTrashesTennessee.com. Two ways to get involved include the Adopt-A-Highway Program and reporting littering incidents through the Tennessee Litter Hotline (1-877-8LITTER). Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also Follow on TikTok @nobodytrashestennessee.

DATE + TIME

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
10 – 11:30 a.m.

LOCATION

University of Memphis
507 Houston Street
Memphis, TN

MEDIA AVAILABILITY

9:45 – 10 a.m.

  • Penny Hardaway, Basketball Coach University of Memphis
  • Denise Baker, Transportation Program Supervisor, Environmental Division, Highway Beautification Office, TDOT

WHO

  • Nearly 100 volunteer athletes and partner organization volunteers
  • Memphis Athletics, University of Memphis
  • Tennessee Department of Transportation’s (TDOT) Nobody Trashes Tennessee
  • Memphis City Beautiful
  • Keep Tennessee Beautiful

EVENT MEDIA CONTACTS

Denise Baker, TDOT
629.201.1042

Amy Gray, Gray Public Relations
615.497.1799

Matthew Carpenter, Memphis Athletics, University of Memphis
901.323.6618

About Nobody Trashes Tennessee
Nobody Trashes Tennessee (NTT) is the State of Tennessee’s official litter prevention campaign managed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). The campaign is rooted in research conducted by TDOT in 2016, including a “Visible Litter Study” that revealed that despite a drop of 53 percent in roadside trash between 2006 and 2016, there are still 100 million pieces of litter on the state’s roadways. TDOT spends $19 million annually on litter pickup and prevention education, funded by revenue from a tax on soft drinks and malt beverages. Through a collaborative statewide approach, the TDOT Highway Beautification Office’s Litter Grant Program removes an average of 11,243 tons of litter each year from all 95 counties in Tennessee. In 2021 alone, and despite COVID restrictions, county partners removed over 20 million pounds of litter from 450,362 miles of Tennessee roadways. Nearly 40% of that statewide total was recycled. And 4,023 illegal roadside dumps were cleaned up, an increase of nearly 300 dump sites over the previous year. Learn more about the state’s litter reduction and education efforts and how to join the movement to reduce littering at NobodyTrashesTennessee.com. Two ways to get involved include the Adopt-A-Highway Program and reporting littering incidents through the Tennessee Litter Hotline (1-877-8LITTER).

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