Keeping it clean
Bi-annual city cleanup day takes place Saturday
WILLIAMS - Keeping things clean takes persistence. That's why Williams Clean and Beautiful needs your help.
Fall Cleanup Day takes place this Saturday. Volunteers are encouraged to meet at 9 a.m. in the Williams and Forest Service Visitor's Center parking lot. Volunteers will be provided maps and assigned to areas of town needing special attention. Trash bags will be provided.
Coffee and pastries will be provided to participants and a beverage truck, courtesy of APS, will distribute water and soft drinks to all volunteer trash collectors. Plastic eggs filled with cash will again be hidden throughout Williams on the day of the event.
Pimi Bennett, Clean and Beautiful committee member, said participants should bring their own gloves and a hat to protect against the sun. She went on to say the event brings the community in Williams together.
"You can come out, meet new people and get involved in the community," she said. "It's a good way to meet your neighbors. Plus you get a free lunch."
At noon, the American Legion Cordova Post No. 13 will prepare a free barbecue lunch featuring hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and soda.
Expired medical prescriptions will be disposed of courtesy of the Williams Lions Club.
CamDan Recycling will be collecting large and small appliances, hot water heaters, auto batteries, tires and old newspapers at the Williams Rodeo Grounds from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. A scrap metal buyer will also be on hand to purchase copper, aluminum, brass, electrical wire, electric motors, tin and steel less than four feet long, transmissions drained of fluid, alternators, starters and engine blocks.
Bennett said the buyer is back due to popular demand.
"That was such a big hit last year," she said, adding the Clean and Beautiful Committee appreciates the continued support of those in the community.
"Every single cleanup day, even though it is two times a year, we have a wonderful turnout," Bennett said.
Williams Clean and Beautiful along with Grand Canyon Railway will sponsor an electronics pick-up at the Williams Rodeo Barn from 9 a.m.-noon. E-Waste Harvesters, Inc. will provide a tractor-trailer to collect electronic waste including TVs and CRT computer monitors free of charge.
Also available from 9 a.m.-Noon is free tire disposal by the transfer station. Automobile tires off their rims will be accepted. No large truck or off-road tires will be accepted.
This year's cleanup is sponsored by Williams Clean and Beautiful, the city of Williams, the city of Williams Recreation Department, American Legion Cordova Post No. 13, Holiday Inn of Williams, Red Garter, Pizza Factory, APS, Jim Winbourn Landscaping and Property Maintenance, Williams Lions Club, Superior Propane and CamDan Recycling.
Williams Clean and Beautiful Chairperson Carol Glassburn said cleanup days are not to be overlooked.
"This is going to be an exciting day for the community," she said. "We're all responsible for making it look nice, not only for the tourists but for local folks too," Glassburn said.
For more information on cleanup day, contact the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce at (928) 635-0273 ext. 203.
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