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Volunteers Still Sought for Yorktown Litter Battle

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - In just a few days, the annual effort to spruce up Yorktown's roadways and waterways will be in full swing as part of Earth Week and there's plenty of work to be done.

Kim Angliss-Gage of the town's Department of Environmental Conservation, which is leading the charge of the "Battle of Yorktown," said volunteers are still needed for many areas of town on Saturday.

"Any hour you can give us makes a difference," she said while making an appeal before the town board. "The litter is back and it's defacing our roads. This cleanup does make Yorktown clean and green."

Last year, more than 650 volunteers participated in the town-wide initiative that produced 14.45 tons of litter in 1,300 garbage bags, officials said.

Yorktown has proven to be one of Westchester's more environmentally conscious communities. In 2011, 61 percent of residents recycled, which was well above the countywide average of 52 percent, officials said. Nationwide, only 35 percent of households recycle.

"We need to reduce the amount of trash we're throwing out," Angliss-Gage said.

Any individuals or groups interested in helping with the Battle of Yorktown are asked to call the Department of Environmental Conservation at (914) 245-4438 to arrange to pick up bags, gloves and safety vests.

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