DOÑA ANA COUNTY SEEKS VOLUNTEERS, SPONSORS FOR 2007 ‘TREK FOR TRASH’

DOÑA ANA COUNTY SEEKS VOLUNTEERS, SPONSORS FOR 2007 ‘TREK FOR TRASH’

The Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department Codes Division is seeking community volunteers to participate in the 2007 Trek for Trash campaign, scheduled Saturday, Oct. 13, throughout Doña Ana County.

Chris Bigelow, coordinator of Doña Ana County’s Keep America Beautiful grant, said the county will provide trash bags, gloves, safety vests, bottled water and roll-off containers for the 2007 event. In addition to volunteers, he said corporate sponsors are asked to assist with event costs and supply donations.

The event will get underway at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at several community centers across the county, where supplies will be available for volunteers. Once the Trek for Trash is underway, groups of volunteers will target their own communities for a coordinated cleanup.

“Gov. Richardson is pushing all the counties to make this event a success throughout the state,” Bigelow said. “In Doña Ana County, we want to set an example of public-private cooperation that makes a real difference in cleaning up our communities. To do this, we really need volunteers and corporate sponsors to assist us. The more people we can get signed up early, the better job we can do across the county.”

Beginning in 1995, then-Gov. Gary Johnson began the Trek for Trash program, which has grown every year since, with hundreds of thousands of tons of trash collected and properly disposed of since its inception.

To volunteer in Doña Ana County, call the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department Codes Division at (505) 525-8858.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 525-5801.