ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --
Robins will host its initial first-Friday monthly base cleanup effort Aug. 3.
The Robins Community Cleanup, an Installation-wide effort encouraged by the 78th Air Base Wing commander, will bring all mission partners outdoors each first Friday of the month to remove natural debris, discarded trash, clean signs, monuments, empty trash receptacles, and report any maintenance needs and safety hazards to facility managers.
Jacob Tuttle, Natural and Cultural Resources Program manager who works in Environmental Compliance in the 78th Civil Engineering Group, said a combination of reduced budget for grounds maintenance and a need for facility and infrastructure deficiencies to be identified for maintenance, repair, and replacement led to the effort.
“This effort creates a better base community by encouraging ownership of the condition of the common areas and facilities, and unites the community with the common goal of base beautification and environmental stewardship,” he said.
Tuttle said base organizations are also encouraged to adopt a public area on Robins to maintain.
Units are able to adopt any area of interest across the installation, including nature trails, skeet range, horse stables, etc.
Tuttle said mission partner leadership is needed to actively encourage, incentivize, and/or reward participation within their organizations.
“If it’s not important to you, it’s not important to your people,” he said.
Items, like trash bags, gloves, pick-up sticks, and safety vests, needed for the cleanup will be available for check-out at the Robins’ Outdoor Recreation's Equipment Rental Office.
Tuttle said it’s everyone’s responsibility to take pride in their work place, reduce waste, recycle reusable products, and discard trash and cigarettes in the proper receptacles.
“This effort will ultimately lead to a cleaner and more attractive environment, with particular benefits for our storm water drainage system, and improvement to the overall aesthetics of our work areas,” he said.
For more information, call 478-327-9273.