Spring cleanup in York City seeks volunteers

Sean Philip Cotter

Anyone looking to spiff up York City streets should feel free to come out and join the annual Spring Clean Up on Saturday morning.

The event, put together by the Keep York Beautiful organization, will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, according to a news release from the city.

Anyone interested can pick up equipment such as bags and gloves from the parking lot at York City Hall at 101 S. George St. starting at 7:30 a.m. that day. The equipment has to be back by 11 a.m., which is when the public waste workers will come by to pick up all the trash people have collected.


In past years, at least 130 people have shown up to clean up the city, said Tom Smith, the executive director of Keep York Beautiful. He estimates the city collected almost a ton of trash during the 2015 cleanup.

People can clean up wherever they want around the city, but York has a list of places that need the most attention, Smith said.

The Newton Square area's neighborhood association is holding a cleanup event in that area of the city in conjunction with this broader initiative. They're taking all the litter they collect and using it to fill up the big hollow wire letters that spell "CHANGE" at the corner of West Princess and South Newberry streets, he said.

Keep York Beautiful has filled up the "litter letters" before, when they were first put up on South George Street near York Hospital, Smith said.

"It’s like 80 to 85 percent of what’s collected is actually recycled" when when they emptied the letters and went through the litter, he said they found.

The city notes that this event is focused on litter cleanup only — this isn't for big items such as furniture.

Anyone looking to get furniture, appliances or anything else of that scale picked up should call 843-1240 to make an appointment to have them picked up.

"Anything we can do to clean up the area reduces public health issues," Smith said.

— Reach Sean Cotter or on Twitter at@SPCotterYD.