Roanoke’s Old Southwest residents do some spring cleaning around their neighborhood

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Spring has sprung, so volunteers from the the Town of Vinton, the cities of Roanoke and Salem, and the counties of Roanoke and Botetourt grabbed their trash bags and gloves on Saturday for Clean Valley Day.

Clean Valley Day has been around for more than 40 years.

“We are energizing everyone in the Valley to go out and pick up all the litter in their streets,” said Nikki Holm, Assistant Director of the Clean Valley Council.

Here in the Old Southwest neighborhood, residents are doing their part to keep their community clean, with help from the City of Roanoke.

“It makes you feel great because you are serving the community by doing your part and leaving it better than the way you found it,” Bob Clement, an Old Southwest resident, said.

From mulching to picking up trash, many are doing what they can to contribute to the cause.

“Jim Haynes, his way of contributing to the piece of the pie is going around in his truck with this dump trailer, picking up the big items out of the alleys and the brush, as well,” said Clement.

“My wife and I, when we moved over here, decided she looked at me, and she said, ‘honey, we’re going to be proactive about this. We’re going to keep our park clean,'” Jim Haynes said.

Haynes has been doing his part to keep his neighborhood clean for more than 30 years. Thanks to Haynes and the rest of his neighbors, they collected several tons of trash on Saturday, April 10.

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