Sumner County Community Spring Cleanup planned for five communities on March 26

Cleanups to be held in Gallatin, Hendersonville, Portland, Westmoreland and White House

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. – March 21, 2022Sumner County Health Committee and Tennessee Department of Transportation’s (TDOT) Nobody Trashes Tennessee are partnering with community organizations throughout Sumner County on a countywide community cleanup on March 26. Organizations, city officials and individuals from Gallatin, Hendersonville, Portland, Westmoreland and White House will cleanup sections of roadways and along creek and riverbanks in each community.

“County and city road crews have been limited in their ability to keep trash and debris picked up along the roadways over the past two years and we want to help,” said Sumner County Health Committee Chair Ashley Berry. “Our committee is committed to improving the quality of life in Sumner County and created what we plan to be an annual event. What better way than to volunteer to beautify and build community support while getting a little exercise on what we hope is a beautiful spring day.”

The Health Committee encourages individuals, civic clubs, school organizations, churches, youth groups, Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts, sports teams and more to volunteer. Each city has a designated location for volunteer sign-in and distribution of trash bags, vests, and gloves. Register online at: https://healthysumner.com/sumner-county-spring-clean-up/ and contact Hal Hendricks at hal.hendricks@tn.gov or 615-206-1112 for additional information.

“Litter is more than an eyesore. It’s an enormous burden to the state with impacts on public health and safety, the environment, and the economy,” said Denise Baker, transportation program supervisor, TDOT. “Everyone can play a role in keeping our communities clean and safe and we are thrilled to partner with Sumner County Health Committee on what is certain to be a fantastic event,”

Throughout the spring, TDOT’s Nobody Trashes Tennessee litter prevention campaign is partnering with organizations like the Sumner County Health Committee 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 at facebook.com/nobodytrashesTN, instagram.com/nobodytrashestn, twitter.com/NobodyTrashesTN. Follow on TikTok @nobodytrashestennessee.

DATE + TIME

Sat., March 26, 2022; 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. (volunteers sign up for three-hour shifts)

WHO

300+ community volunteers; Sumner County Health Committee; Tennessee Department of Transportation’s (TDOT) Nobody Trashes Tennessee

CLEANUP KICKOFF MEETING LOCATIONS

Route maps and complete list of routes below

Gallatin Public Works Facility
641 Long Hollow Pike
Gallatin, TN 37066

Hendersonville City Hall
101 Maple Drive North
Hendersonville, TN 37075

Portland First Baptist Church
106 North Broadway
Portland, Tn 37148

Westmoreland High School
4300 Hawkins Drive
Westmoreland, TN 37186

White House Municipal Park
420 TN – Hwy 74
White House, TN 37188

EVENT MEDIA CONTACTS

Denise Baker, TDOT
615.201.1042

Amy Gray, Gray Public Relations
615.497.1799

Hal Hendricks, Sumner County Health Dept.
615.206.1112

About Sumner County Health Committee
The Sumner County Health Committee’s mission is to educate Sumner County residents of the link between a healthy lifestyle and a successful vibrant community. Bound together as one voice, members promote and provide resources while building strong networks within our communities. We strive to address the physical, mental, nutritional, and community concerns that are essential to a person’s quality of life.

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 at any given time. TDOT spends $19 million annually on litter pickup and prevention education, funded by revenue from a tax on soft drink and malt beverages. Through a collaborative statewide approach, the TDOT Highway Beautification Office’s Litter Grant Program is responsible for removing 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 more than 20 million pounds of litter from 450,362 miles of Tennessee roadways. Nearly 40% of that statewide total was recycled. Additionally, 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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