FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Warm weather may be reluctant to stick around at the moment, but the Fort Rucker community won't hesitate to spring into action during this year's spring cleanup.

"For those unfamiliar with spring cleanup on post, this is the time of year following a long winter to get out and spruce up around our work areas," Willie Rucker, Fort Rucker Directorate of Public Works, said. "One day is dedicated towards de-cluttering our work spaces and one day is totally dedicated towards improving the outside of our work spaces. Time is also dedicated to Soldiers and Airmen who reside in the barracks to clean up their areas."

Spring cleanup takes place April 17-20 and commuters are asking to be mindful of cleanup activity along roadways and in parking areas throughout the workdays.

"During hours of spring cleanup, please be aware of groups of individuals along roadsides policing up their designated areas of responsibility," Rucker said. "Slow down and watch for slow moving vehicles, especially during early morning and during hours of limited visibility."

Those who may be unfamiliar with spring cleanup or who are not directly involved may also pitch in to help out, according to Rucker.

"For those groups and individuals who are not directly involved, please make use of the post recycling center," he said. "Paper, plastic and cardboard can be easily disposed of at the post recycling center."

According to Rucker, the spring cleanup effort provides a unique bond for the post community.

"Spring cleanup is important because it instills pride in our installation and it improves the overall appearance of the post," he said. "This is a time to get rid of clutter that we don't need.

"The benefit of a successful spring cleanup campaign is the overall appearance of the installation is improved," he added. "Area beautification includes removing all trash up to 50 feet away from buildings. This also includes sweeping parking lots and sidewalks."

Spring cleanup is not the only annual effort to spruce up the post, Rucker said. The effort is also repeated every fall just before the start of winter.

"Fall cleanup operations are usually conducted before the start of winter and offer everyone a chance to get rid of items before the cold weather sets in," he said.

Special roll-off type dumpsters will be located around post so that units can dispose of bulk trash items, Rucker added. "If a unit requires pick-up of waste that will not fit into their dumpster, please contact me to coordinate a date and time for pick-up."

For more information, call 255-1692.