The Miami Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the City of Miami, is organizing a citywide “Trash-Off” event in conjunction with the statewide effort sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

The local effort, encentivized with a slate of awards to be presented for standout debris collectors, will begin at 8 a.m. April 12 at the Miami Civic Center. There, city administrators will confirm cleanup areas and direct the proper disposal of trash.

Organizers are calling for teams to assemble and be part of the effort to spruce up the city scene.

“The goal of the chamber and the city is to encourage individuals, organizations, churches, businesses and community clubs to get involved in beautifying our wonderful community,” said Cindy Morris, executive director of the Miami Area Chamber of Commerce. “This community has seen its share of natural disasters this past year and we are hoping this citywide event will bring hundreds together to clean up Miami and renew our sense of pride.”

Businesses, individuals, neighborhoods, clubs, organizations, and churches are all encouraged to participate.

On the morning of the event, chamber officials and city representatives will distribute gloves, trash bags, safety vests and location maps of target areas.

“Each team registered in the fun competition will be assigned a specific area to clean up,” said Interim City Manager Tim Wilson.

People interested in participating may contact the Miami Area Chamber of Commerce to register.

Participants should dress accordingly and bring gloves.

Teams are asked to bring their trash to the civic center beginning at 11 a.m. and participate in the festivities of determining who collected the most trash. Other awards will be presented, including the most unusual find.

“This event is an opportunity to become involved in renewing our spirit,” said Jessica Boles of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and chairwoman of the chamber’s Community Development Committee.

“Chamber members and city representatives have joined efforts under the umbrella of the Community Development Committee to begin a beautification effort for Miami, as well as enhance the quality of life that exists in Miami,” Boles said. “We ask that the community join hands and have a fun day participating in the trash off and being a part of the effort to create a positive atmosphere in Miami.”

Trash-Off teams should register by April 8 by contacting the Miami Area Chamber of Commerce at 542-4481 or e-mailing a team name and contact information to info@miamiokchamber.com.