Volunteers clean up East Peoria park after Red, White and Boom celebration

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EAST PEORIA, Ill. — Two hours of hard work and 25 recycling bins later, the East Peoria RiverFront Park was looking brand new.

The East Peoria Green Team along with other groups were spent Friday morning picking up trash and sorting out the recyclables.

“It was actually not a whole lot in the field, like in the ground, but here it was not that good ordered, like in the plastic bins. We actually had to go through the plastic recycling bins, and actually make sure that they were only plastic,” said Karen Lopez, a volunteer.

Lopez decided to give her time helping after she noticed one of the work crews in action.

“I was driving through East Peoria and some weekend I saw them picking up garbage, so I know one of the guys and I ask him hey, what do I need to volunteer, like I didn’t know about these activities,” said Lopez.

The group didn’t find any leftover fireworks, but they did throw away much bigger items.

“We always find furniture that people are left, lawn furniture, chairs, some of them look brand new, and they just leave them,” said Bob Jorgensen, another volunteer.

The East Peoria Green Team not only looks out for their city, but also the environment.

“If things are recycled, it saves a lot of energy, we look at climate change, which to me is frightening,” said Jorgensen.

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