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DAVENPORT -- The warming temperatures and snow melting is uncovering a lot of litter in the Quad Cities area. The city and community groups are coming together to clean up streets, but individuals are able to contribute as well.

Brandy Welvaert, Community Coordinator at iLiveHere, says, "Particularly right now, litter is so terrible because it has all been trapped under the snow. It hasn't had an opportunity to blow anywhere, it hasn't had an opportunity to be picked up because we've had so many snow storms this year."

With a program in the Quad Cities called iLiveHere, people can pick up free supplies, including tongs, trash bags, gloves and safety vests.

Welvaert says, "Request your clean-up supplies and dedicate an hour. Dedicate two hours. It will make a difference."

Jules Irish, a resident of Rock Island County, takes it upon herself to clean up litter weekly. All the way from 70th Avenue in Moline, down to the busy highway of John Deere Road. Irish uses the iLiveHere program and highly recommends it to other individuals as well.

Irish says, "Anything you see on the street is going to be washed right down into the storm drains and eventually into the river and then the ocean."

Last year, iLiveHere had 1492 volunteers that joined to keep the quad cities clean. With spring time coming up, both Welvaert and Irish agree that now is a good time to get started in your front yard.

Welvaert says, "We have to think about where that garbage is going to end up if we don't pick it up."

Irish adds, "If individuals don't take it upon themselves to do it, it's really going to become a mess."

For more information on iLiveHere, you can visit their website at ilivehereqc.org. From there, you can request free clean-up supplies and help beautify your neighborhood.

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