The Keep America Beautiful Great American CleanupEarth Day Special — The 21st annual Great American Cleanup is in full swing, mobilizing millions of volunteers to clean, beautify and improve their communities each spring. Last year 2.4 million volunteers collected a record breaking 208 million pounds of litter and debris; recycled hundreds of tons of material; planted 4.2 million flowers; cleaned 176 miles of roads; and cleaned 10,250 miles of waterways and shorelines.

On March 2, more than 750 volunteers from all over the country descended on Biloxi, Miss., for the official kickoff to the 2006 national campaign, launching a full day of Hurricane Katrina Restoration activites. Volunteers removed mounds of storm debris and also planted grass, flowers and oak trees to aid in coastal restoration. From the Biloxi Town Green to the Purple Heart Memorial and Edgewater Mall beach, one main objective was achieved; to make a visible difference in this community in one day.

It’s not too late to volunteer for the Great America Cleanup! It runs until May 31. Consult this page for a list of U.S. states and territories, and even other countries (Canada and South Africa) that are participating.

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