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Cleaning Up Sioux Falls Neighborhoods

April 20, 2009, 5:53 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

Cleaning Up Sioux Falls Neighborhoods
One hundred Sioux Falls city employees are picking up about 200 truck loads of trash in two neighborhoods this week.  Every year, the city helps homeowners do some spring cleaning in two different areas of town.

It may look like a mess, but all of the trash sitting along these streets is actually an effort to clean up Sioux Falls.

"It gets you out, gets you to meet some of the other people in the departments you know. You get to visit them, see them, get to know how their department is doing. It's kind of fun," volunteer Joe Rogers said.

City employees from dozens of departments are taking time out of their schedule to pick up the trash, trees and rubble homeowners want to get rid of.

"As you can see, we've been picking up all this junk, garbage, that people have had and it's too much for them to take cause they don't have a pick-up or something like that. So, the city volunteers to come out and help the residents," Rogers said.

More than one hundred city workers are cleaning up an 80-square block area in an effort to help out homeowners.
"Every one of these trucks is filled up, they are saving a couple of bucks by not taking it out to the landfill," Rogers said.

A free haul for homeowners and an affordable investment for the city to keep neighborhoods in tip-top shape.

The city started picking neighborhoods to clean up more than 20 years ago when they saw an increase in neighborhood nuisance complaints.

Project NICE/KEEP 2009 Neighborhood Cleanup

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