Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Litter Bit Better is back in Rochester for 2021, with COVID safety measures are in place, to clean up Rochester.

After being canceled because of the COVID pandemic in 2020, the event for 2021 will run from May 1 - May 9, and registration opened up on April 5th. Those that are interested in volunteering are encouraged to collect littler anytime during that week while following COVID safety measures.

Trash and recycling bags are provided, and all volunteers have to do is pick a location, pick a date, and pick it up. Registration information, maps and more are all available here.

Litter Bit Better launched in Rochester in 2007 and since then volunteers have collected over 140 tons of litter according to a press release from the City of Rochester:

"Each spring after the snow melts, Rochester residents and visitors notice litter that needs to be cleaned up to care for our environment and make Rochester look its best. This year volunteers should clean up on their own or with groups that they already regularly gather with, such as their household, family, or workplaces."

More tips for volunteers are available here and will be emailed to volunteers that register.

In addition to Litter Bit Better, the community is also encouraged to consider other ways to care for the environment including:

1. Litter Walks
Bring a small trash bag on any walks you take and pick up any litter along the way. If your dog tags along, be sure to clean up their waste too.

2. Adopt-a-Drain
Register for and clean up debris on storm drains in your neighborhood.

3. Adopt-a-Park with the City of Rochester
Visit the City of Rochester Parks and Recreation Website to see what parks are available for adoption.

4. Prevent litter at home
Place all trash in a plastic bag and tie the bag shut before throwing it away. Do not overload your garbage and recycling containers and make sure each container cover closes completely. This helps prevent windblown trash from entering your neighborhood.

5. Recycle
Learn what can be recycled with your curbside hauler or at the Olmsted County Recycling Center Plus. All items should be clean, dry, and empty and then placed loosely in your recycling cart.

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