COVID has claimed another popular event. A Litter Bit Better, Rochester's community-wide cleanup event, typically takes place in the spring but was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. It has now been officially canceled for 2020.

A press release sent out late Tuesday afternoon encouraged citizens to "find ways to do smaller, independent litter clean ups in their neighborhood" and provided the suggestions listed below.

·         Litter Walks: Bring a small trash bag on any walks you take and pick up any litter along the way. If your dog comes along, be sure to clean up their waste too.

·         Prevent litter at home: Place all trash in a plastic bag and tie the bag shut before throwing it away. Do not overload your garbage and recycling containers and make sure each container cover closes completely.

·         Recycle: Learn what can be recycled with your curbside hauler or at the Olmsted County Recycling Center Plus. All items should be clean, dry, and empty and then placed loosely in your recycling cart.

·         Report illegal garbage dumping, especially large items or piles of garbage

·         Adopt-a-Drain: Register for www.adopt-a-drain.org and clean up debris on storm drains in your neighborhood.

 You can visit www.rochesterstormwater.com and www.RNeighbors.org for more ideas.