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2012 20 Minute Cleanup Results

Well Howard County, you’ve amazed me again. The 2012 20 Minute Cleanup had over 2300 par­tic­i­pants! They are over-used these days, but I think that deserves some extra excla­ma­tion points. All I can say is wow. And thank you.

Thank you for not being the only crazy one out there pick­ing up other people’s lit­ter. Thank you for get­ting out­side and tak­ing action. Thank you for par­tic­i­pat­ing, moti­vat­ing oth­ers, and mak­ing a dif­fer­ence. Thank you for re-energizing us gov­ern­ment work­ers, who some­times see the less happy side of our won­der­ful residents.

The 20 Minute Cleanup is a very sim­ple idea, which we bor­rowed from a project in Toronto called the 20 Minute Makeover. That sounded con­fus­ing to me, hope I’m not the only one. The Howard County project is very low cost – the County doesn’t pro­vide any mate­ri­als or extra trash or recy­cling pick­ups. We pro­mote it elec­tron­i­cally and haven’t printed fliers since the first one in 2010. I think the idea is start­ing to get some real trac­tion as I’ve seen more peo­ple know about it, and more groups, par­tic­u­larly schools, embrace it as an easy and effec­tive project.

Thank you all for mak­ing Howard County cleaner and greener. By work­ing together, we made our neigh­bor­hoods more beau­ti­ful and less trash will end up in our streams, rivers and the Bay.

Here is the list of the 2012 par­tic­i­pants. Thanks for all the pic­tures of your cleanups. They are up on our Flikr page. Great job everybody!


Allen & Shar­iff Engi­neer­ing
First Fin­ish, Inc.
Straughan Envi­ron­men­tal, Inc

Indi­vid­u­als and Families:

Bar­bara Gra­ham
Bussey Fam­ily
Carol and Steve Yanek
Ellen and Jim Bil­leter
Gauert Fam­ily
Guarin Fam­ily
Kathie and Ralph Lil­lie
Loraine Fam­ily
Lyons Fam­ily
Mark and Shel­ley Sweeney
McCready Fam­ily
Rager Fam­ily
Rie Fam­ily
Ron LeClare
Smith Fam­ily
Strick­land Family


Ash­leigh Knoll Res­i­dent
Brant­wood Neigh­bor­hood
Governor’s Grant Neigh­bors
Lin­wood Neigh­bor­hood, Elli­cott City
Spring Breeze Com­mu­nity Asso­ci­a­tion
Team Landing

Youth Groups:

Cub Scout Pack 793
Cub Scout Pack 794 Den 1
Cub Scout Pack 794, Den 6
Daisy Troop 1928
Girl Scout Troop 311
SAC Galaxy United soc­cer team
SAC Red Bulls soc­cer team


Atholton Ele­men­tary School
Clarksville Mid­dle School
Dun­log­gin Mid­dle School
Lau­rel Woods Ele­men­tary School
North­field Ele­men­tary School
Point­ers Run Ele­men­tary School
Rock­burn Ele­men­tary School
Stevens For­est Ele­men­tary School
Vet­er­ans Ele­men­tary School
Waverly Ele­men­tary School

Howard County Government:

Bureau of Envi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices
D.I.L.P. Inspec­tions and Enforce­ment Divi­sion
DCA Cen­tral Fleet
Depart­ment of Plan­ning and Zon­ing
Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works, Director’s Office
Dorsey Build­ing — South Team
Elkridge Senior Cen­ter
Fire and Res­cue Engine 22 and Para­medic 26
Fire Sta­tion 1
Fire Sta­tion 10
Fire Sta­tion 11
Fire Sta­tion 3B
Fire Sta­tion 5
Fire Sta­tion 6B
Fire Sta­tion 9
Fire Sta­tion 8B and EMS 2B
Grass­roots Cri­sis Inter­ven­tion Cen­ter
Howard County employ­ees, Elli­cott City cam­pus
Howard County Police Depart­ment
Mead­ow­brook Ath­letic Com­plex & Park
Office of Con­sumer Affairs
Office of Human Resources
Office of Human Rights
The Green Ladies of DTCS

I’m sure there are more of you out there, so if you would like to be included in the list and totals, please send an email to 20minutecleanup@howardcountymd.gov .

See you again next year,

Elissa Rei­neck
Office of Envi­ron­men­tal Sustainability

May 2012

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