Recently I started composting and have become super aware of just how much food waste takes place. It's a constant battle and there is NO judgement here.

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Joining Keep Yakima Clean has made me opened my eyes to not only take in places I know need to get cleaned up but also the knowledge of what steps to take next.

What should you do when you see trash?

Pick it up and throw it away if it's not too much to handle and can be done safely. You can also keep your car trash to a minimum. The bits that blow away add up when it comes from every car. Every city has a department for maintenance and you can submit the area in question. Rally together and have a clean-up day.

How Do I Win?

Join the Facebook Group Keep Yakima Clean. Don't have it, I am pretty sure someone in your circle does. Join a clean-up day, or create your own area to go and clean-up (following all the safety tips provided in the group) post a selfie of what you collect and you're in the months drawing. The more clean areas, the more entries and so on.

Your July Prize

CandiGurlz is under new ownership and ready to provide a beautiful set of lashes or new additions to your wardrobe. Located at 55 W Nob Hill Blvd, Yakima, WA 98902 for your help Keeping Yakima clean you could win a $100 gift card on your choice of services.

Every bit counts and if you didn't know Wesley United 14th North 48th Ave in Yakima has a recycling areas for more than just paper or cardboard. Baby step to the garbage can. Baby step to a cleaner Yakima Valley!

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