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Keep Lake Beautiful to host cleanup in Sorrento Dec. 9th

SORRENTO – Keep Lake Beautiful (KLB) is inviting volunteers to participate in a community cleanup, sponsored by WCA, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 9 at East Lake Community Park, 24809 Wallick Road, Sorrento.

Residents are encouraged to clean their homes and yards and dispose of excess trash, passenger car tires, and any items that could hold water and become a breeding ground for mosquitos that spread the Zika virus. Lake County’s Household Hazardous Waste Mobile Unit will also be on-site to accept household hazardous waste, paint, fuel and more.

KLB will provide gloves, safety vests, trash bags and water to those helping to clean the community. Volunteers must be 16 years or older, or be accompanied by an adult. Participants are encouraged to wear proper attire, sunscreen and insect repellent.

Since its launch, KLB has hosted or partnered on more than two dozen projects including community and waterway cleanups, roadside litter pickups, neighborhood and school beautification events, tree plantings and household hazardous waste collection events.

“KLB’s first cleanup event three years ago was held in East Lake and was met with an outpouring of community support,” said KLB Coordinator Will Dawson. “Since then, our volunteer base has continued to grow as we have branched out into communities across Lake County.”

KLB is seeking motivated community-minded volunteers to mobilize within their neighborhoods to spread KLB’s mission of beautifying Lake County by engaging the community. To register as a volunteer or to become a sponsor of future events, visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/KLB, call 352-253-1660, or sign up at the event.

Residents are also encouraged to use the county’s Litter Reporter website http://gis.lakecountyfl.gov/crowdsource/ to help pinpoint areas in need of a cleanup. The Litter Reporter is viewable on mobile devices and desktop computers, and lets users submit data about a particular area, as well as attach corresponding photos. Keep Lake Beautiful will monitor submissions and propose cleanup efforts and community events as needed.