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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Keep America Beautiful Cleans Up

Keep America Beautiful has tabulated the results of its annual nationwide cleanup effort that included more than 30,000 local events in some 17,000 communities in all 50 states.

The 2007 Great American Cleanup yielded 200 million pounds of litter and debris removed from the nation’s landscape and the remediation of 3,500 illegal dump sites. Participants cleaned more than 178,000 miles of roadway, 121,000 acres of parks and public land, 7,000 miles of rivers lakes and streams and 3,900 miles of hiking, biking and nature trails.

They also recycled 70.6 million plastic bottles, 2.2 million tires, 22.4 million pounds of aluminum and steel, 592,000 pounds of cell phones, 115,000 batteries, 23 million pounds of newspaper, 4.5 million pounds of clothing and 5.3 million pounds of electronic scrap.

Some 2.8 million volunteers logged more than 7.7 million hours from March 1 through May 31 during this year’s Great American Cleanup.

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