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Granite Creek Cleanup volunteers will be turning trash into treasure

PRESCOTT - The Prescott Creeks organization has announced an artistic addition to its annual Granite Creek Cleanup.

For this year's cleanup - at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 23 - organizers are asking volunteers to separate out the real trash from the objects that can be made into art.

According to a press release from Prescott Creeks, bags of two different colors will be provided to the cleanup participants for separating trash into black bags, and potential treasures into white bags.

Participants may either return to the park with their treasures to participate in an art project and celebration, or they may leave them in a pile near the trash to be retrieved by other volunteers. The salvaged treasures then will be made available for others to choose from.

Once participants find their artistic treasures amidst the rubbish, they will have the next couple of months to create their masterpieces. Prescott Creeks will host an art show and auction in the coming months to display the art made from the cleanup trash, as well as to educate the public about what types of trash are found in the creeks.

Each year, the Granite Creek Cleanup attracts hundreds of local volunteers intent on cleaning up Prescott's creeks. This year, volunteers will spend two hours picking up trash along the nine creeks and two main lakes of the upper Granite Creek Watershed.

The trash adds up to multiple tons every year, according to the press release, including everything from abandoned stoves to broken bottles or old tires.

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