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For Immediate Release

Redwood City and Save The Bay Partner for Annual Spring Cleanup Day, with Focus on  Bay Trash Hotspot Contest Winner Redwood Creek

Redwood City, CA - April 18, 2011 - Redwood City and its Pride and Beautification Committee announce the Annual Spring Cleanup Day, on Saturday April 30, 2011, and this year, with the generous help of non-profit Save The Bay, an extra focus will be put on Redwood Creek, winner of that organization’s Bay Trash Hot Spots “Adopt-a-Spot” Contest.

Save The Bay, the oldest and largest organization working to protect and restore San Francisco Bay, asked Bay Area residents last year to vote for one of seven selected Bay Trash Hot Spots for the organization to “adopt” with a series of volunteer cleanups throughout 2011. As a result of sustained community outreach and a strong local culture of protecting the city’s creeks and shorelines, Redwood City residents outshined their regional counterparts by notching nearly 800 votes for Redwood Creek. As part of the City’s Annual Spring Cleanup Day, the April 30 cleanup of Redwood Creek marks the second of four cleanups Save The Bay and its volunteers will provide throughout the year.

Our annual Spring Cleanup is a great community building event,” said Redwood City Mayor Jeff Ira. “We’re grateful to Save The Bay for bringing even more volunteers, and focusing on Redwood Creek as a particularly important cleanup spot.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Redwood City staff and residents throughout this year to clean up Redwood Creek,” said Save The Bay Executive Director David Lewis. “Save The Bay is committed to working with local cities and residents to eliminate the pervasive and growing trash problem in San Francisco Bay.”

Spring Cleanup participants should meet at 8:30 am on Saturday, April 30 at the City’s Public Works Services Building, located at 1400 Broadway (near Broadway and Woodside Road). After a complimentary continental breakfast, volunteers will head out to the various cleanup areas – those volunteers wishing to focus on Redwood Creek will gather with Save The Bay team captains and then move out to sections of the creek needing particular attention.

At noon, all volunteers will meet for a free Thank You BBQ lunch back at the Public Works building. RSVPs are not required, but individuals interested in volunteering for the Redwood Creek cleanup can sign up at www.saveSFbay.org/volunteer, and as always walk-ins are welcome on the day of the event!

This year, in addition to the concentration on Redwood Creek, Redwood City’s Annual Spring Cleanup Day focuses on sprucing up the areas around El Camino/Broadway, Jefferson/James, Little River Park, Union Cemetery, Woodside Road, and the Bay Front Canal.  The volunteer event offers an easy and fun project for kids and adults alike, and meets community service requirements for many schools. Further, with Earth Day on April 22, this cleanup effort provides an excellent opportunity to give something back to the planet.

Other Spring Cleanup sponsors include: San Mateo Credit Union, Recology, Sims Metal Management, Shinnyo-En, and Keep California Beautiful. Please call 650-780-7300 for more information about the Spring Cleanup.

On that same weekend, Recology San Mateo County is generously sponsoring the Great Compost Giveaway. From 9 am April 30 until 3 pm on May 1, Redwood City residents can come to the Public Works Services parking lot and load up with up to one cubic yard of free compost (equivalent to about three full garbage cans). A limited supply is available to be shared among Redwood City residents only, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Save The Bay is proud to be celebrating 50 years as the Bay’s leading champion, protecting our natural treasure from pollution and inappropriate shoreline development; restoring habitat; and securing strong policies to re-establish 100,000 acres of wetlands that are essential for a healthy Bay. Visit their website at www.saveSFbay.org.

Twice a year, Redwood City’s Pride and Beautification Committee holds these special volunteer cleanup days to focus efforts on beautifying a specific site or area, and to promote a year-round pride in Redwood City, by cleaning and beautifying school sites, the waterfront, parks, streets, and other areas. Visit www.redwoodcity.org/prideandbeautification for more info on this and other projects.

Visit Redwood City’s website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and local business. Subscribe to Redwood City’s electronic newsletter or other City documents at www.redwoodcity.org/egov.

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Contacts:
Malcolm Smith
City of Redwood City
650-780-7305
malcolm.smith@redwoodcity.org

Amy Ricard
Save The Bay
510-452-9261 x122
amy@saveSFbay.org


 

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