Volunteers tackle trash before Stampede

Chancy J. Gatlin-Anderson
Special for Colorado Community Media

On May 15 and May 22, volunteers worked diligently to clear the streets of the Town of Elizabeth and the nearby property in front of the Elizabeth Stampede on June 3.

The clean-up work, which will last until mid-June (see dates below), was organized by Jenny Case and Patricia Sizemore. On her first outing, she and several volunteers worked for three hours picking up trash around the Elizabeth Walmart, focusing on grassy ditches and streets. The group collected seven bags of rubbish.

“My goal is to clean up the Elizabeth highlights that visitors will see when they get to town, such as the Big R, Safeway and the Library,” said Sizemore. “I want our city to look pristine and visitors comment on how beautiful our city is.”

The city of Elizabeth has seen an increase in the amount of garbage in recent years, which has alarmed some local residents. Cleanup volunteers speculate that many factors are contributing to this surge, including construction waste from nearby residential and commercial estates, rubbish haulers, from the back of private pickups, and some people throwing trash from their cars.

After the June events, Sizemore hopes to stem that surge by making the cleanup a monthly event to help boost the city’s general upkeep. “The people who live here have amazing volunteer organizing skills,” said Sizemore. “If we concentrate on the little things together, we can achieve great things.”

The cleaning schedule for June:

● June 1st, 8:00 am to 10:00 am

● June 8, 8:00 am to 10:00 am

● June 17th, 8:00 am to 10:00 am

The volunteers are provided with gloves, garbage bags and safety vests.

For questions and more information, contact Patricia Sizemore at 620-629-1477.

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