Volunteers clean up litter around King City as part of King City in Bloom’s Town Wide Clean Up on Nov. 21. (Contributed Photo)

KING CITY — More than 50 community members participated in the Town Wide Clean Up hosted by King City in Bloom on Nov. 21, during which they picked up litter and helped improve the look of the town.

Among the volunteers out to beautify the town on a crisp Saturday morning were 30 members from King City Blue Ribbon 4-H, 12 from King City Rural 4-H and the rest were residents. The volunteers met at city hall first to figure out cleaning destinations, putting their focus on the First Street planters, King City Center and city parks.

“King City in Bloom has been doing quarterly cleanups since its inception in 2016,” said Allie Cullen, chairperson of the group. “Usually, these cleanups are done in collaboration with the Waste Management recycling events that take place at the KCHS parking lot. Due to Covid, the recycling events have been put on hold, but hopefully will resume in the spring of 2021.”

Cullen noted the Nov. 21 cleanup gave a chance for residents to get outside in the fresh air and give back to their community on a safe project.

“November is a good time to clean up due to Halloween candy wrappers being left behind or blown in the wind,” Cullen said. “Not surprisingly, the most picked up piece of trash was used masks. One volunteer picked up eight masks in 90 minutes.”

KCIB plans on future cleanup events in addition to its regular projects. Cullen said a spring cleanup would likely be their next event, scheduled sometime around Earth Day.

While the group does its regular projects on Wednesdays, members took a break last week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Volunteers clean up litter around King City as part of King City in Bloom’s Town Wide Clean Up on Nov. 21. (Contributed Photo)
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Sean Roney is a freelance reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for the Salinas Valley communities in South Monterey County.


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