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Myth vs. Reality: Getting to Know the Huntsville Green Team

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We re-introduced you to the City of Huntsville Green Team a few months ago in a blog post about their neighborhood cleanups, educational outreach programs, and volunteer opportunities.

But sometimes there is a bit of confusion about the types of services Green Team provides, so we debunk some common myths about what Green Team does and give you facts about their role within the city.

Myth #1: Green Team organizes cleanups for Huntsville neighborhoods on a regular, rotating schedule.

Green Team provides neighborhood cleanup supplies.

Do: If your neighborhood has problem areas for trash and litter, Green Team can help make a cleanup day easier by providing tools, trash bags, and social media marketing to spread the word to volunteers. However, the effort to organize a cleanup begins with individuals and groups within neighborhoods. If you or your group would like Green Team’s help coordinating a cleanup, please call 256-532-5326 or email [email protected]

Myth #2: If a residential property or empty lot in my neighborhood has become unsafe or a nuisance with trash and debris, Green Team will send in inspectors, clean it up, and issue fines.

Do: Enforcement of city ordinances regarding unsafe buildings, substandard housing, trash, tall grass and weeds, graffiti, etc. comes under the authority of the Town Community Development Desk. You can report public nuisances via the SeeClickFix app or Huntsville Connect on the City’s website.

Myth #3: You can drop off your household hazardous waste at the Green Team office, and they will dispose of it for you.

Do: While Green Team joins the Solid Waste Disposal Authority (SWDA) to educate the public on proper disposal during neighborhood cleanups, hazardous waste should not be dropped off at the Green Team office. These items should be taken directly to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility, located at 1055 A Cleaner Way, Huntsville. Their drive service is open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit the Green team webpage for more information on programs, volunteer opportunities, nature preserves, the Adopt-a-Spot initiative, waste prevention and more. You can also follow the green team on facebook for the latest announcements on cleanups, youth education programs and volunteer efforts.