Fall Cleanup

Cleaning of work areas and residences is sometimes neglected due to the busy operating tempo of the KMC. Designating time specifically for the upkeep of facilities helps to remind everybody that a clean work and living area improves the working environment and the appearance of on-base housing. This is why the 86th Civil Engineer Group is coordinating a Fall Cleanup event for Nov. 7 to 8, and is encouraging all KMC facility managers and military family housing and dormitory residents to participate.

Nov. 7 will focus on cleaning areas around military family housing and dorms. Objectives include weeding, trimming, raking, bagging, cleaning, common areas, etc. “This is the time for you to attend to your communities, including common areas like playgrounds, walkways and areas around the underground trash containers,” said Karen Leonard, 86th CES Housing flight chief. “With participation mandatory for housing residents, this is a great opportunity to team with your neighbors to foster community pride in the areas where you and your families live and play.”

The Ramstein U-fix-It Store is at Bldg. 859, phone 06371-46-39520. Vogelweh participants can visit their U-fix-It store at Bldg. 1049, phone 0631-357-90915 and Landstuhl Bldg. 3748, phone 06371-46-39510.

Nov. 8 is for cleaning of administrative and industrial facilities, grounds and common areas across the KMC by facility managers and building occupants. Objectives include litter collecting, weed pulling, trimming overgrown shrubs, tidying plant beds, removing tree limbs and pine cones, and raking and bagging leaves. Interior suggestions include cleaning stairwells, entries and carpets, cleaning out storage rooms, purging old files, washing windows, and perhaps even doing some minor touch-up painting. Remember that the area of responsibility extends 100 feet in all directions from buildings and includes nearby parking lots and sidewalks.

The 786th Civil Engineer Squadron (0631-536-6623/7703/7107 or 489-6623/7703/7107) will pick up tree limbs, bagged leaves and weeds at curbside for later composting. Cleanup participants should separate tree branches and shrubs into two piles at curbside — one for small wood stems up to 4 inches in diameter, and another for larger material. Place weeds and leaves in biodegradable bags at curbside for CES pickup, but well away from dumpsters.

Non biodegradable items should be bagged and disposed of in garbage dumpsters. Items like batteries, glass, bulk paper and metal should be taken to the nearest recycling center (Ramstein, Bldg. 5146; Kapaun, Bldg. 2820).

The KMC Self-Help Store (Bldg. 510, 06371-47-5034 or 480-5034) has a “variety of equipment, tools and materials available to assist in this cleanup” said Holger Graf, KMC Self-Help Store manager. “We can provide grass seed for bare lawn areas and we also have biodegradable bags for your weeds and leaves. Facility managers may check-out many types of hand and power tools, weed eaters, hedge trimmers, power washers, rakes, shovels, etc. that can help facility managers get this work done.”

(Courtesy of 86th Civil Engineer Squadron)