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XStream Cleanup Goes Year-round

From now on, hundreds of local volunteers will get extreme more than once a year.

Michelle O'Neill reports XStream Cleanup organizers have decided not to host an annual Quad Cities cleanup. Instead, they'll work with other groups to hold events year-round.

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Organizer, Brandy Welvaert says there are four main reasons for the change. First, the Scott Area Recycling Center is closed for the switch to single-stream recycling. And that's where most X-Stream cleanup activities have been held. "For many years, believe it or not, we've had a hard time finding sites to clean up. Some sites were inaccessible or illegal. And the volunteers did such a good job, it's not needed anymore."

In addition, volunteers can't reach litter at in some areas because of overgrown weeds, trees, plants. And finally, X-Stream Cleanup has always been scheduled the weekend after the barge party, hosted by Living Lands and Waters. But this year, it'll be held in June. "It'll definitely be a change for volunteers who are used to the August cleanup. But we've had a good response since we sent an email last week with people signing up for an event in March."

X-Stream Cleanup is working with the Big Island Soil and Water Preservation Association on Saturday, March 12th to pick up litter and maintain trails along the Hennepin Canal. It's also partnering with Davenport for its Corridor Cleanup, Saturday, March 19th. She says volunteers will receive T-shirts at some cleanups with the location printed on a sleeve.

A list of cleanups is available at xstreamcleanup.org.

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