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City staff to supply bags, grabbers, vinyl gloves and sharps containers, refreshments for clean-up day of local spaces.

COURTESY PHOTO - Volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate in Sandy Solve-It day on April 17. (Photo of a pre-pandemic Solve event.)During months when businesses were shut down and people were advised to stay apart, many resorted to spending time outdoors to pass the time. In celebration of Earth Day, the city of Sandy and Solve-It are asking people now to give back by helping clean up local public spaces Saturday, April 17.

This year, since masking and distancing are still encouraged, the check-in and pick-up of cleaning supplies at the Sandy Senior/Community Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd, will be drive-thru style at 9 a.m. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bags, grabbers, vinyl gloves and sharps containers will be provided at the center, as well as volunteer instructions, doughnuts and morning beverages. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate.

From the center, volunteers will disperse to various parks, public spaces, and trails to pick up litter and weeds.

"We get a lot of groups who come out," said event coordinator Carol Cohen. "It's a good way to give back to the community and keep it clean."

Volunteers are advised to come wearing a face covering, warm clothing, closed-toed shoes, work or garden gloves and carry a re-usable water bottle.

In past years, a paper shredder has been made available for public use at this event. This service will not be offered this year.

All trash bags and supplies are to be returned to the center.

Registration for Solve-It Sandy is available online.


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