RNeighbors News and Events

RNeighbors News and Events

April 11, 2017
So far, over 122 tons of litter has been collected by thousands of citizens since the program began in 2007. This year’s event will be April 22-29 and registration is now open. Volunteers are encouraged to collect litter anytime during that week. Trash and recycling bags are provided, all you need to do is pick a location, pick a date, and pick it up! Registration information, maps and more can be found at www.RNeighbors.org/litterbitbetter. Litter makes our city look bad and can pollute our water. For the 11th year in a row, hundreds of citizens will join forces to prevent…
November 9, 2016
For the tenth year, we challenged all fourth grade students in Rochester to draw a brightly colored picture that displays: Why it is important to not litter How you will make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! There were 305 entries from 13 schools across Rochester. With all of these fun and colorful entries it was a tough choice but our team of judges narrowed it down to one winner per school (who submitted entries) and one Grand Prize winner. 2016-2017 A Litter Bit Better! Poster Contest Winners Grand Prize Aditya Manikonda Gibbs Elementary School Fiona Nickelson Schaeffer Academy Cynthia Chouangphaeng Sunset Terrace…
August 6, 2016
Calling all 4th Grade Teachers! Your students can play an important part in the 11h Annual Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! city-wide litter collection event by participating in the poster contest! We are looking for artwork from 4th grade students in the City of Rochester that tell a story about littering in our community. One winner will from each participating school will be selected by a panel of judges. These school winners will be awarded an official A Litter Bit Better! t-shirt and a letter of appreciation from the Mayor of Rochester. These students will be invited to…
May 9, 2016
2016 was the 10th annual Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! event. Each year, thousands of volunteers collect litter from across Rochester. Together in the past 10 years, 29,000 volunteers from service groups, businesses, scout troops, faith-based organizations, neighborhood associations, and families have worked together to remove over 122 tons of litter from the community. The removal of this waste reduces potential land and water pollution while beautifying our cityscape. Participants in the event build community ties and reinforce a strong sense of community pride. The ultimate goal of the program is to prevent water pollution by eliminating litter-causing…
March 29, 2016
The Rochester Family Y's Silver Sneakers Litter League! A $20 bill, a poster of Steven Segal, a 5’ x 7’ rug, a box of packaged sandwiches, a set of silverware, and a car bumper. What do these things have in common? They are just a few of the odd things found in Rochester during the last 9 years of litter clean-ups during the annual Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! event. What will our volunteers find this year? So far, over 112 tons of litter has been collected by thousands of citizens since the program began in…
December 15, 2015
For the ninth year, we challenged all fourth grade students in Rochester to draw a brightly colored picture that displays “Why it is important to not litter”. Out of 220 entries from 15 schools across Rochester this year’s Grand Prize Winner was Natalie Kottom, a student in Mr. Pacyna’s fourth grade class at Schaeffer Academy. On December 15, 2015, Natalie was awarded with: an A Litter Bit Better! T-shirt, a large poster with her artwork, a $100 office supply gift card for her classroom, and a pizza lunch with Mayor Ardell Brede for her classmates. Additionally, Natalie’s artwork will become…
November 10, 2015
For the ninth year, we challenged all fourth grade students in Rochester to draw a brightly colored picture that displays: Why it is important to not litter How you will make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! There were 220 entries from 15 schools across Rochester. With all of these fun and colorful entries it was a tough choice but our team of judges narrowed it down to one winner per school (who submitted entries) and one Grand Prize winner. 2015-2016 A Litter Bit Better! Poster Contest Winners Grand Prize Winner Schaeffer Academy Natalie Kottom Pinewood Olivia Doerre Rochester Math & Science…
September 9, 2015
by Arikka Cowl, 2014-15 Grand Prize Winner, from Gibbs Elementary Calling all 4th Grade Teachers! Your students can play an important part in the 10th Annual Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! city-wide litter collection event by participating in the poster contest! We are looking for artwork from 4th grade students in the City of Rochester that tell a story about littering in our community. One winner will from each participating school will be selected by a panel of judges. These school winners will be awarded an official A Litter Bit Better! t-shirt and a letter of appreciation from…
April 25, 2015
2015 was the 9th annual Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! event. Each year, thousands of volunteers collect litter from across Rochester. Together in the past 9 years, these individuals, service groups, businesses, scout troops, faith-based organizations, neighborhood associations, and families have worked together to remove over 112 tons of litter from the community. The removal of this waste reduces potential land and water pollution while beautifying our cityscape. Participants in the event build community ties and reinforce a strong sense of community pride. The ultimate goal of the program is to prevent water pollution by eliminating litter-causing behavior…
April 1, 2015
Mayor Ardell F. Brede held a media conference on April 1, 2015, in the Government Center’s City Hall Atrium, issuing a Mayoral Proclamation for Earth Month 2015, highlighting environmental activities scheduled throughout the month of April. Earth Month 2015 Proclamation   WHEREAS, Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22, 2015 and Arbor Day is Friday, April 24, 2015; and WHEREAS, Earth Day and Arbor Day inspire many organizations to host environmental events to help raise awareness of environmental issues during the month of April; and WHEREAS, several environmental events have been planned in Rochester during the month of April; and WHEREAS, The…
March 18, 2015
Just one of many neighborhood groups that helped in the 2014 A Litter Bit Better trash pickup. Men’s underwear, a cat bed, a set of car keys, and a broken toilet. What do these things have in common? They are just a few of the odd things found in Rochester during the last 8 years of litter clean-ups during the annual Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! event. What will our volunteers find this year? So far, over 95 tons of litter has been collected by thousands of citizens since the program began in 2007.…
January 3, 2015
Will you Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! in 2015? This popular, citizen led, city-wide initiative improves water quality and beautifies our city. With the help of generous sponsors, the event has been a success each and every year. Since the event’s first year in 2007, nearly 20,000 volunteers have prevented over 95 tons of trash from polluting our landscapes and waterways. In 2014 over $4,000 in donations and $56,000 of in-kind services were used to put on the event and similar levels of participation will be needed again in 2015. With your support, we can continue supporting initiatives…
November 12, 2014
For the eighth year, we challenged all fourth grade students in Rochester to draw a brightly colored picture that displays: Why it is important to not litter How you will make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! There were 176 entries from 11 schools (16 classrooms) across Rochester. With all of these fun and colorful entries it was a tough choice but our team of judges narrowed it down to one winner per school (who submitted entries) and one Grand Prize winner. 2014-2015 A Litter Bit Better! Poster Contest Winners Grand Prize Winner Gibbs Elementary Arikka Cowl Rochester Math and Science…
May 29, 2014
2014 was the 8th annual Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! event. Each year, thousands of volunteers collect litter from across Rochester. Together in the past 8 years, these individuals, service groups, businesses, scout troops, faith-based organizations, neighborhood associations, and families have worked together to remove over 95 tons of litter from the community. The removal of this waste reduces potential land and water pollution while beautifying our cityscape. Participants in the event build community ties and reinforce a strong sense of community pride. The ultimate goal of the program is to prevent water pollution by eliminating litter-causing behavior…
April 28, 2014
Have you noticed the sudden appearance of green trash bags and blue recycling bags along roadsides, at parks, and in the hands of litter pickers? This year, over 3,000 volunteers trolled for litter at over 200 locations in Rochester during the 8th annual A Litter Bit Better! city-wide clean-up event. How much litter and recycling was plucked from our City grounds? Join us at the big weigh-in at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 30th at the Waste Management scale house in Rochester (6670 11th Ave SW). See this year’s “Trash Mountain” and just how much waste these committed volunteers kept…
April 21, 2014
Pick it up on APRIL 19-26, 2014! During the week of April 19-26, 2014, volunteers from Rochester neighborhoods, businesses, groups, and individuals will once again, be joining together to pick up the litter in our community. Last year, over 3,189 volunteers in 228 groups picked up litter at 245 collection sites that covered 5,185 acres of land in Rochester. These efforts resulted in 24,364 pounds of litter being removed from the environment in 2013’s A Litter Bit Better! event. Check out more stats from last year on our website. You can help by volunteering to pick up Rochester. Register on our website…
October 31, 2013
For the seventh year, we challenged all fourth grade students in Rochester to draw a brightly colored picture that displays: Why it is important to not litter How you will make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! There were 269 entries from 10 schools (20 classrooms) across Rochester. With all of these fun and colorful entries it was a tough choice but our team of judges narrowed it down to one winner per school (who submitted entries) and one Grand Prize winner. 2013-2014 A Litter Bit Better! Poster Contest Winners Grand Prize Winner Jefferson Elementary School Anne Davis Bamber Valley Adelay Markham Ben…
September 22, 2013
Fall has arrived and the leaves are starting to drop. If they fall or are raked onto the street, they will get washed into storm sewers and carried into our lakes and streams. As they decompose, phosphorus is released (the nutrient that turns our lakes and rivers green with algae) and oxygen is removed from the water.   What residents can do to help “Keep It Clean” this Fall: ·         Keep leaves out of the street, storm drains, and public lands. ·         Mulch leaves in your yard or make a backyard compost site for them. ·         Take leaves to the Olmsted County compost…
June 1, 2013
The final results are in! Over 3,189 volunteers in 228 groups picked up litter at 245 collection sites that covered 5,185 acres of land in Rochester. These efforts resulted in 24,364 pounds of litter being removed from the environment in 2013’s A Litter Bit Better! event. 2013 was the 7th annual Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! event. Each year, thousands of volunteers collect litter from across Rochester. Together in the past 7 years, these individuals, service groups, businesses, scout troops, faith-based organizations, neighborhood associations, and families have worked together to remove over 83 tons of litter from the…
June 1, 2013
The John Adams “Butt Kickers” with Mayor Ardell Brede The “Butt Kickers!” of John Adams picked up 19,959 cigarette butts from Downtown Rochester on 6/4/2013 Do some areas of Downtown Rochester look a little bit cleaner this morning? The “Butt Kickers” of John Adams Middle School were out in the rain yesterday picking up cigarette butts and they have quite the bounty to show for their efforts. The John Adams “Butt Kickers” with Mayor Ardell Brede The “Butt Kickers” were in action for 6 hours and picked up the following: 19,959 cigarette butts (which was less than the 24,811 picked…