‘Don’t Drop It On Alabama’ cleanup starts this weekend

The Sylvania Boy Scout Troop 155 visited the USS Alabama Battleship in Mobile on April 6. The scouts got to tour the Battleship Memorial Park and even got to spend the night on the WWII Battleship.

The 2018 statewide “Don’t Drop It On Alabama” Spring Cleanup is April 21-28.

Alabama PALS distributed 200,000 bags statewide for the 2018 cleanup, as well as all materials and supplies to all participating cities, counties and volunteer groups. A list of all cleanup coordinators for the 2018 effort can be found at alpals.org. Volunteers wanting to participate are encouraged to contact the local coordinator to join an existing cleanup, or to establish their own local cleanup within their respective community.

Alabama PALS hopes to surpass the 400 tons of litter that was reported during the 2017 Spring Cleanup, where 65 counties participated.

The cleanup is held annually and coordinated by Alabama PALS, which also coordinates and implements the Alabama Coastal Cleanup, the Alabama Clean Campus Program, the Alabama Adopt-A-Mile and Adopt-A-Stream programs statewide.

PALS is proud to partner with Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED as the Title Sponsor for the 2018 cleanup effort. This partnership has enabled PALS to incorporate recycling into the annual cleanup during 2018. In an effort to offer recycling to all Alabama counties during the cleanup in future years, PALS and Coca-Cola UNITED will work with cleanup coordinators in Tuscaloosa, Jefferson, Marshall and Cullman counties in 2018 to establish a recycling model for future years.

“Coke UNITED and our associates throughout Alabama are excited about partnering with PALS because it gives us a way to engage in a statewide effort to help reduce litter and educate communities on how we can all make a difference,” said Linda Sewell, corporate director of community affairs for Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED. “Bringing recycling into the PALS cleanup efforts is consistent with Coca-Cola’s goal of recycling one bottle for every bottle we sell globally by 2030. An ambitious goal, but one that Coca-Cola and its bottlers believe can help the environment in a big way for the future.”

The “Don’t Drop It On Alabama” Spring Cleanup is also made possible through PALS Sustaining Partners, ALDOT, Alfa Alabama Farmer’s Cooperative, Vulcan Materials Company, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, the Association of County Commissions of Alabama, The Poarch Band of Creek Indians and Alabama Power Company.

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