Laramie is hoping to continue a trend of increasing the number of Community Clean-up Day volunteers this year, Laramie Code Enforcement Inspector Brian Forster said.
Slated for Saturday, the community service event focuses on cleaning up trash in “high-visibility” areas around Laramie, Forster said.
“We try to focus on high-(visibility) areas like the gateways, truck stops and, of course, highway exits,” Forster said. “In the creek is another problem area.”
Although Forster couldn’t pinpoint the community service event’s origin, he said it started long before he took control of the project 11 years ago.
“We’ve had really good success in the past,” he said. “Last year, we got about 480 volunteers. We’re hoping for about 600 this year or even a 1,000. Who knows? It could happen.”
The event begins at 7:30 a.m. at City Hall, 406 Ivinson Ave., where volunteers can pick up safety vests and trash bags.
“We ask people to bring gloves,” Forster said. “But if someone needs rubber gloves, we’ll have those on hand.”
After receiving their vests and bags, volunteers can check with staff about what areas around the city need help or specify an area they would like to focus on.
“Some people prefer to focus on an area they’ve picked out,” Forster said. “We only ask they check in with us so we can ensure there aren’t too many people there already.”
While the entire community is encouraged to participate, he said he understood not everyone has a vehicle to haul trash.
“If they can’t get things out to the landfill, we do have vehicles and dumpsters positioned throughout the city,” Forster said.
Albany County residents and volunteers can drop off basic trash items from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the landfill free of charge.
Commercial waste, business waste, asbestos, tires, refrigerators, trailers, campers, dead animals and items requiring special handling will not be free to drop off at the landfill, city documents state.
In the event of inclement weather, Forster said the event will be postponed to April 29.
After a morning of cleanup, he said the city is scheduled to host a complimentary lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. behind Laramie Fire Department Fire Station No. 1, 209 S. Fourth St.
“It will be hot dogs and hamburgers — that type of fare,” Forster said. “I think a few city councilors will be cooking, and of course the mayor. She likes to lead from the front.”