Gillette, WY (February 20, 2009)- Prairie city or not, Gillette aspires to be a city full of trees and for the past several years, the city has rewarded people who volunteer to clean up the city with trees to plant. The Trash to Trees program is the city’s biggest community cleanup event, sponsored by many corporate entities, the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Gillette.
The council agreed Tuesday to donate $4,300 worth of trees as well as about $6,000 worth of time and equipment toward the community cleanup that will be May 2. But the council did not agree to give the program the $2,500 that the Chamber of Commerce requested to help provide prizes, incentives, extra trees, and to do marketing for the event.
The council said it believed its tree donations, labor and equipment was sufficient. Councilwoman Louise Carter-King, one of the event’s biggest supporters, said that with the donations the chamber got from corporations like Arch Coal and others, the chamber would have enough money.
Volunteers collected 2,790 bags of trash last year from all over Gillette.
Gillette News Record- Trash to Trees gets donation