‘Keep Seattle Beautiful’ – and ‘Keep North Highline Beautiful’ on Saturday

From King County Councilmember Joe McDermott‘s office:

King County Councilmember Joe McDermott was listening when North Highline resident Mike Merta expressed concern about increasing amounts of graffiti and litter in West Seattle and South Seattle.

What Merta and others are seeing, McDermott said, is the result of declining county revenues and budget cuts. King County cut back its litter control program in an effort to balance the County budget.

And that’s the impetus behind a community clean up event scheduled from 10 am to 1 pm on Saturday, March19. McDermott is spearheading the event with support from Merta and Waste Management.

“We have all been impacted by the cuts made to balance state and county coffers. Communities must work together to fill the void that has been left,” Councilmember McDermott, who represents North Highline, said. “Residents of North Highline love their community, and I’m thrilled to help them keep it clean.”

Volunteers are invited to a free kick-off breakfast at 10am. Breakfast will be hosted by Waste Management at the company’s site at 8111 First Avenue South.

“Waste Management is all about helping make communities cleaner and greener,” said Katie Salinas, public sector manager for Waste Management. “We are inspired by the community spirit that’s driving this event and pleased to provide breakfast to fuel this important volunteer effort.”

Volunteers are urged to bring gloves and to wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes.

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3 Responses to “‘Keep Seattle Beautiful’ – and ‘Keep North Highline Beautiful’ on Saturday”

  1. EvergreenBean Says:

    There goes Joe back to blaming the problem on lack of funding. His 2010 campaign was all about raising taxes. Despite voters slamming his tax agenda, he still managed to get elected??? Go figure!

    Now he says graffiti and litter is due to lack of revenue (in other words, we need more taxes!)

    No Joe, it’s about community involvement and getting residents to value their community. We can stop graffiti and litter by youth engagement and making people proud of their neighborhood.

    Luckily, Joe McDermott is only serving a one year term and will be on the 2011 ballot. Let’s get Tax-em Joe out in 2011!!!

  2. Dick Thurnau Says:

    Litter and debris thrown away landing next to our roads and streets is for a better word disgusting.Seeing Graffiti covering US mail boxes, posted road signage,in parks on homes,businesses buildings is totaly unacceptable.A starting point is our youth to teach them the funding required to remove the litter and graffiti is funding they will not receive to further there education.A meeting is scheduled with the Principal of Cascade School and local organizations as the first step on 3/26/2011 at 9:30 AM to start a dialouge .Litter on SW114 th starting at Mc Donalds on 16 ave SW to 10 ave. SW is and avenue of litter ending at the two Schools.

  3. I hate seeing the litter and graffiti getting worse and worse in our neighborhood. I’m constantly reporting it and or cleaning it up in my immediate neihborhood.

    I’ve heard this “We can stop graffiti and litter by youth engagement”

    What does this mean? What type of youth engagement would stop this?

    Please explain.