The beautification process for White Sands Missile Range in concurrence with Earth Day will continue staring with a two day Spring Cleanup April 28 and 29.
The cleanup is part of a national U.S. Army Earth Day celebration. The Army celebrates Earth Day April 22 at all installations around the world. Environmental stewardship is a mission enhancer that leads to better training lands, improved recreational opportunities and healthier communities.
“This is in conjunction with the national recycle program. We want to help in the deviation of waste,” said WSMR Garrison Command Sergeant Major Sgt. Maj. Jesus DeGracia.
This month’s cleanup will be a two part series. On the 28th, the workforce will be asked to clean up their organization’s area and place large items on the curbside. The 29th will be dedicated to picking up waste left at the curbside. WSMR Chief, Environmental Division, Department of Public Works Jose Gallegos said the cleanup is a great opportunity to recognize Earth Day and take action by cleaning and beautifying our surroundings.
“The fact that the Installation’s leadership has set aside this time to do something real and positive to our workplace is evidence of its importance,” Gallegos said. “I hope that everyone
will take time out of their busy work schedules to participate in the event.”
Gallegos said individuals should pay special attention to general trash, scrap metal, refrigerators, microwaves and tires. Items like paper, cardboard, small aluminum cans and plastic that can be recycled should be placed in recycle bins or the recycle trailers located around the installation. Gallegos said large metal items that organizations will dispose of will also be collected for the Installation to generate funds to use on the grassroots recycling operation that has been running successfully for almost two years. Those who have larger items to dispose of can leave the items on the curbside of their building for pickup.
The next day, April 29, all of WSMR’s military units will visit the curbsides to collect large items and transport them to the appropriate location. The items will either be delivered to the trash dumpster or the metal scrap yard.
This is the second cleanup WSMR Garrison has hosted. The first cleanup occurred in November of last year.