Make Ottumwa Shine


The city of Ottumwa announced its yearly cleaning event will be coming up later this month.

The annual Make Ottumwa Shine litter cleanup event will take place from April 20-23. This event, which coincides with Earth Day, is a regular spring event that helps to make Ottumwa a more beautiful place to live, shop and work.

Individuals, families, and businesses are invited to volunteer to adopt and tidy an area of Ottumwa. Locations can be adopted by visiting Volunteers can pick up bags and gloves for collecting litter at City Hall, the Recycling Center, and Greater Ottumwa Partners and Progress on April 20 and 21.

“We have recently gotten several calls about litter. starting up Make Ottumwa Shine is the first step in bringing the problem of litter under control. We encourage everyone in Ottumwa to participate in this important event, as it will help to create a cleaner and more beautiful place for all of us to enjoy.” Ottumwa Mayor Rick Johnson

For more information on the Make Ottumwa Shine litter cleanup event, please visit or contact Janice Bain at the Recycling Center at 641-683-0685.

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