For Immediate Release
September 22, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE Encourages Kansans to Volunteer at Saturday's Midwest Litter Fest

September 24 event will tackle trash along a 45-mile stretch of road from Overland Park to Lawrence

Topeka—The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is encouraging all Northeast Kansans to volunteer at the first-ever Midwest Litter Fest on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 8 to 11 a.m.

The volunteers will tackle trash along a 45-mile stretch of road from Overland Park to Lawrence. Each team, consisting of four to 10 members, will be given a two-mile stretch of road along the event’s proposed route (attached). Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. at Shelter No. 12 in Shawnee Mission Park for breakfast and a safety briefing. Teams will pick up along their route from 9 to 11 a.m.

“The weather is cooling down and this is perfect time to be outside,” explained Megan MacPherson, KDHE’s State Green Team Coordinator. “This is a great opportunity to give back and make our state a bit cleaner.”  

Media are encouraged to attend as well. Organizers ask that reporters meet at Route 2, which starts at the intersection of Johnson Drive and Nall Road and ends at Johnson Drive and Antioch Road, or Route 6, which starts at Indian Creek Trail and Antioch Road and ends at Indian Creek Trail and College Boulevard. Anyone interested in covering either of these two routes can contact Julie Coon directly at 913.715.9638 or julie.coon@jocogov.or.

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Download the team route listing.