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Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Hosts National Cleanup Challenge to Beautify Gwinnett

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It”s time again for the Great American Cleanup Gwinnett Challenge, the annual event when volunteers work to put the best face on their community. The three-month effort, hosted locally by Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, is part of the largest community improvement program in the nation. It runs now through May 31.

“Improving our community”s appearance causes big things to happen. We become a better place to live and learn, to conduct business and to raise a family,”# said GC&B Executive Director Connie Wiggins.

Gwinnett citizens are asked to identify and address cleanup projects that beautify the landscape.

While any beautification project can be part of the Great American Cleanup, this year”s campaign will target abandoned and neglected properties. Gwinnett County has a high rate of foreclosures. These homes and empty lots can become eyesores, reducing neighboring property values and inviting crime.

In her State of the County address, Gwinnett Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash identified these foreclosed properties as one of the issues lowering the quality of life in Gwinnett and encouraged a volunteer effort to clean them up.

Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful saw its annual Great American Cleanup campaign as the perfect tool to address this problem.

“People”s impressions of Gwinnett are being formed by the increasing number of foreclosed properties. People are seeing more of these properties in their neighborhoods as they travel through the county,”# Wiggins said. “Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful sees this as a perfect match with our goal of keeping our county a clean and green community.”#

While the chronically vacant and abandoned properties will be a special focus of the campaign, any project that beautifies Gwinnett is eligible to be part of Great American Cleanup Gwinnett Challenge 2012.

Interested citizens can suggest projects, organize cleanup efforts and learn more about the beautification campaign at www.gwinnettcb.org and clicking the Great American Cleanup Gwinnett Challenge link.