Churches challenged to clean up city

Published 10:27 pm Thursday, August 29, 2019

Keep Suffolk Beautiful is launching its fall litter prevention campaign to help make the city a cleaner and greener place to live, work and play, according to a press release.

It’s more of a “challenge” than a campaign, according to spokeswoman Kathy Russell — the “Church Cleanup Challenge,” to be precise.

The Church Cleanup Challenge will start on Sept. 14 and end on Nov. 16.

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“Your church conducts a cleanup of a street, local park or public space and then sends a friendly challenge to a different church to do one, too,” Russell stated in the press release. “We hope it will be fun and rewarding. We started this fall challenge in 2017, and many churches across the city have taken part.

“Churches are leaders in the community, so we thought they would make a strong partner for environmental stewardship in the fight against litter.”

Keep Suffolk Beautiful has written to Suffolk churches and asked them to take up this challenge. Litter equipment will be provided, including grabbers, gloves, bags and safety vests. Bags and debris will be collected by Public Works.

This challenge also offers high school students an opportunity to earn public service hours that are required for graduation.

People can follow the challenge on and @keepsuffolkbeautiful on Instagram. Keep Suffolk Beautiful will recognize churches taking part and give updates on the amount of litter removed from our community.

Keep Suffolk Beautiful is also encouraging organizations and residents to conduct their own community cleanups. Equipment can be borrowed from the Litter Control Office, and litter kits can also be borrowed from any Suffolk Library location.

Call 514-7604 or email for more information.