Volunteers work to ‘Keep Terre Haute Beautiful’

WTHI Photo / Lindsey Yates
WTHI Photo / Lindsey Yates

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – On Saturday the community of Terre Haute came together in a big way – all with a common goal to ‘Keep Terre Haute Beautiful.’

It was part of the city’s annual spring cleanup. More than 200 volunteers grabbed recycling bags and took to the streets.

Volunteers picked up trash and debris on more than 1,000 city blocks.

“It’s just exciting to see the number of volunteers that comes out to help us organize it, but then the number of people that show up on the day of the cleanup” stated Mayor Duke Bennett. “I drove up 7th Street and saw about 30 people cleaning up, and it just makes you feel really good.”

The route started on the north side of Terre Haute and rotated back to the south side. Volunteers disposed of anything from cans to couches.

This event was just one in which city encourages everyone to do their part to keep Terre Haute litter free.

“If we don’t keep our city beautiful it becomes a habit for people to continue to litter. People are less likely to litter in a place that is clean, and it’s also good for our economy,” said Jane Santucci, director of Keep Terre Haute Beautiful. “What business wants to stay or move here when it’s dirty?”

The city partners with republic services each year to organize the clean-ups.

There will be another one held this coming September.

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