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Williams Clean and Beautiful's Spring Cleanup Day this Saturday
Williams Clean and Beautiful Chairperson Carol Glassburn takes a break at last spring’s Community Cleanup Day to chat with a volunteer. This spring’s event starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Williams and Forest Service Visitor Center parking lot. Clara Beard/WGCN
Williams Clean and Beautiful Chairperson Carol Glassburn takes a break at last spring’s Community Cleanup Day to chat with a volunteer. This spring’s event starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Williams and Forest Service Visitor Center parking lot. Clara Beard/WGCN
Williams-Grand Canyon News


WILLIAMS, Ariz. - It's that time of year again for Williams residents to do some spring-cleaning around town.

Williams Clean and Beautiful's annual Spring Clean-up Day is this Saturday. Volunteers should meet in the Williams and Forest Service Visitor Center parking lot at 9 a.m.

The main cleanup areas will be around Grand Canyon Boulevard, Rodeo Road, the Country Club area and the cemetery.

"When they come to the information table that morning of, there's just areas that we'll ask them to go to," said Pimi Bennett, the chamber's information specialist. "Wherever you see the trash at, pick it up."

Volunteers should bring hats and gloves, and Williams Clean and Beautiful will provide trash bags.

"Williams is looking real good," Clean and Beautiful Chairperson Carol Glassburn said. "We've made a lot of progress, but we've got to keep going."

Volunteers should be on the lookout for Easter eggs hidden along the cleanup route with coupons for cash prizes.

"That's an incentive to be picking up that trash," Bennett said.

Residents can also use cleanup day to tidy up areas that aren't on the official route.

"There are a lot of people that just come and clean up in their own neighborhood, and that's greatly appreciated, all you can do," Bennett said.

Sponsors will provide coffee and pastries for volunteers in the morning and soda and water along the cleanup route.

A barbecue for volunteers with hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and sodas will take place at noon in the Visitor Center parking lot.

Besides the trash pick up, residents can also recycle and dispose of several items on cleanup day.

Old medical prescriptions may be disposed of at the Williams Police Department. Household batteries may be dropped off at the Rodeo Barn and car size batteries may be dropped off at the transfer station. Automobile tire disposal takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at the transfer station. Tires must be off the rims and no large truck or off road tires will be accepted. E-waste recycling and paper shredding takes place at the rodeo grounds from 9 a.m. to noon.

Large appliance removal will take place until May 3. Residents will receive a voucher in their water bill for the appliance removal. Residents can bring the appliance to the transfer station themselves or schedule one free pickup per household. More information is available from the city at (928) 635-4451.

Bennett encouraged residents to do their part to clean up and take pride in the community.

"It's springtime, we want to sparkle. Tourists are coming, not only tourists but for our local citizens," Bennett said. "It's important that we take care of our community-our local citizens, our businesses, everybody. We all pitch in and do this and what a remarkable result.

Glassburn agreed.

"We want to make sure that the schools are clean and the downtown area," Glassburn said. "It reflects on all of us here as to how our community looks, so we all have a responsibility to jump in and help out."

Organizers thanked the American Legion Cordova Post #13, Arizona Public Service, CamDan Recycling, the city of Williams, the Williams Recreation Department, E-Green IT Solutions, I-40 Fleet Services, Kaibab National Forest Service, Mako Shred, Red Garter Bed and Bakery, Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce, the Clean and Beautiful Committee, the Williams Lions Club, and the Williams Police Department.

Businesses can also help raise money for the Williams Clean and Beautiful Committee by buying advertising space through the group's sign program. More than 24 billboard locations are located around Williams. Spaces normally cost $200 per year, but until May 2 the price has been reduced to $150.

More information about Spring Clean-up Day or buying billboard space is available from the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce at (928) 635-0273 ext. 203.


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